Many join the military for variety of reasons. The military does give an opportunity to grow and improve yourself. It is up to you to take the opportunities and use them to grow while helping your country. The military gives training to help us grow.

I want to highlight the career of a young medic with the rank of Private in Vietnam.

Private P.M.Hughes, Medic

Private P.M.Hughes, Medic

He did show the meaning of the Army advertising motto of “Be All You Can Be.”

Decades later, he would be the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency as a 3 star LT General. Work hard, and you can go high. He has been an inspiration to many others.

LTG Hughes

LTG Hughes

The pictures below show various parts of both parts of his military career.  The moral of the story, is you never know who that young Private will grow into being in the future.

Patrick M. Hughes (born September 19, 1942) is a retired United States Army officer who served the 12th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Previously he was Director of Intelligence (J-2) and DIA, Joint Staff in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, from 1994 to 1996, and the Director of Intelligence (J-2) at United States Central Command from 1992–1994. He was the Commanding General, United States Army Intelligence Agency, and the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, U.S. Army from 1990 until 1992. He joined the United States Department of Homeland Security in 2003 as the Assistant Secretary for Information Analysis (Intelligence), and departed from DHS and Government service in March 2005.

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