On Friday Microsoft vice president of Military Affairs, Chris Cortez, had the honor of speaking at the graduation ceremony for more than 220 soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). On-base and off, there are 40 colleges and universities that offer certificate and degree programs to men and women stationed at JBLM, like Chief Warrant Officer 5 James Israel, who earned a bachelor of science degree in management studies from the University of Maryland University College.
Warrant Officer Israel is one example of the many talented men and women who are transitioning out of the military. They already have the raw talent, and all it takes is a little more education to turn them into exceptional leaders in whatever field they choose. As Cortez said on Friday, with the training they received in the military, and the confidence that they can get the job done, there’s nothing that can stop them.