Army Officers Honor Soldiers of the Past and Inspire Leaders of Tomorrow – Interview

Army Officers Honor Soldiers of the Past and Inspire Leaders of Tomorrow – Interview

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Veterans Day is a tribute to the many military personnel who have served our country. Just as we honor the contributions of past U.S. Army Soldiers, we also celebrate the individuals who serve today to inspire the Soldiers of tomorrow

Soldiers are not only defending our nation and the American way of life, but they are also making a positive impact on communities around the world.

Army Soldiers represent a variety of backgrounds, upbringings, and experiences that exemplify the many unique paths Army Soldiers have taken to reach the most important decision of their lives.

Some of those reasons may include:

  • Inspiration from a friend or family member who also served
  • A desire to become a part of something bigger than themselves
  • Seeking the camaraderie and support that is unique to the Army
  • Training opportunities that allow for long-term success in a career

No matter the reason, Soldiers have many ways to realize their potential and find purpose in the U.S. Army — including full-time opportunities or part-time options in more than 200 jobs in everything from biochemistry to law to medicine to aviation and beyond.

Join me in a recent interview

with  U.S.  Army  Veterans Day with  First Lieutenant Janeen Phelps as she was able to take some time out of her busy schedule to talk about their inspiring story of service and the future of the force.

Hear the entire interview here:  US Army Vet Day Officers – Michigan Mama News – YouTube

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BIO:  Janeen had friends join the Army out of high school and felt equally drawn to its opportunities.  At the time, her father – a veteran of the Vietnam era – was strongly opposed to a future in the Army for his daughter, preferring that she attend college after high school.

Janeen conceded and began her undergraduate education and collegiate soccer career at Lander University in South Carolina, but the events of 9/11 compelled her to return home to Las Vegas to be closer to her family.

A natural-born singer, Janeen began picking up singing gigs on the Vegas Strip to help cover her college expenses at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which eventually led her to a successful career performing on cruise ships.

While traveling the high seas, she visited several countries where she witnessed turmoil and oppression. These experiences reignited Janeen’s longing to serve and be a part of the solution.

This time, with the support of her father, she enlisted in the Army and later completed ROTC to become an officer. As a Soldier, she found her voice in more ways than one.

Unable to let go of her love for Diana Ross, jazz, Motown, and classic rock, fellow Soldiers encouraged her to use her talents and audition for Army Entertainment, where she used those talents to support and entertain her fellow Soldiers and their families.

Leveraging the benefits of Army service, Janeen has achieved her bachelor’s and two master’s degrees and now serves as a public affairs officer in the Army Reserve. She says the Army is a lot like a cruise ship – everyone is running around doing different jobs but working together for a common goal.


Cynthia Tait

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