Being a leadership consultant, there are many unique experiences that come along with the job that you expect and know will happen.. But its the unexpected experiences that make the experience so much cooler.
A couple weeks ago I was on a flight when the pilot came over the intercom and told us we would be transporting a fallen soldier back to his family. I was immediately overtaken with emotions and started crying. I didn’t know anything about this soldier or his or her journey.
About halfway through the flight the pilot came over the intercom again and told us the journey of the soldier. I was expecting him to be a young soldier that passed away overseas… which was the case… but his story was much different than I expected.
Milton Bullis was a soldier in the U.S. Army and was sent to fight in North Korea in 1950. Soon after he was captured by the North Koreans and was declared missing in action. Milton also had an older brother that had previously served in the Army, Don Bullis.
Due to new ways of identifying bodies and DNA testing, Miltons remains were recovered. After 67 years of searching and wondering what happened to his brother, Don Bullis was able to finally get his brother home.
After we landed in Michigan, there was a plane-side ceremony that took place, and Don Bullis was one of the many in attendance. I yet again was moved to tears. I got to watch history that day. I got to watch 67 years of working and praying finally come to fruition. These are the unexpected parts of this job that catch you by surprise, and sometimes even leave you speechless.
If you are interested in reading the full article about this, I have attached it here for you. I fully suggest reading it. I hope it moves you as much as it moved me.
Until next time,