On Veterans Day, we pause to honor and commemorate our nation's military — those who have bravely served our nation to protect our freedoms. Austin Community College District (ACC) would like to thank our veterans for their selfless service. The college is honored that more than 150 veterans have chosen to work at ACC. We asked a few of them about their service and what Veterans Day means to them.
James Daniels is ACC's department chair of Emergency Management. He has been adjunct faculty for one year and full-time faculty for one year. He retired from the army as a Lieutenant-Colonel.
What does Veterans Day mean to you?
It's a reminder that we enjoy the benefits of living in this country to those who served and sacrificed on our behalf.
When were your years of service?
1988 - 2009
Which branch of the military did you serve in and what was your rank and/or position(s)?
Army. Retired a Lieutenant-Colonel.
Where did you serve?
Louisiana, Georgia, Korea, Panama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Iraq, and Texas
Why did you choose to serve in the military?
I felt that as a citizen I had a duty to serve. I didn't want to be a "free-rider."
How did the skills you learned in the military translate into your life and career afterward?
More than I can say. I've learned to value the important and to ignore the unimportant, to plan and to prioritize, to make hard decisions with limited information, and to keep pressing forward.
What do you want people to know about our military?
It made me what I am and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.