• Get Ready -- GO! GO! GO!

    When deciding whether to attend the U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, many servicemembers ask themselves "will I really be able to jump out of a perfectly good airplane?" The very fear of the final goal keeps many good men and women from stepping forward for this school. What they don't know is that, by the time you get to the airplane, jumping is the easiest thing in the world.

    Ranger School has the same mental barrier: "will I be able to go that long without sleep? without food? on my feet?" The fear of the obstacles prevents the servicemember from taking the first step, and they never get a chance to face this challenge-of-challenges.

    The Grand-to-Grand Ultra is, by far, the biggest and longest race I've ever attempted. I can't promise I'll finish in record time, or even finish at all. I can't assure anyone that I know what every stage will bring, or begin to explain how I'll overcome every difficulty I'm sure to encounter. I do know, however, that my fellow veterans have overcome far greater challenges: recovering from physical or emotional injury, returning to civilian life after decades in the military, or taking risks to make their lives better even if they don't have the final plan worked out.

    GallantFew recognizes that no one can predict every single step on the road to transition, but stands ready to provide guidance, offer support, and inspire confidence that every challenge is surmountable by those with the will to struggle. I will keep in mind those who have achieved much greater things than I can ever hope as I "put one foot in front of the other" this September.

    Thanks to all for your support and encouragement.

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