I spent my entire career as a public servant, first in the military, then as a government employee. I took my role seriously. My job was not to get ahead, not to seek promotions, not to climb the corporate ladder, but to work for the good of the citizens of the United States.
And I did it to the best of my ability. I worked as a spy, helping U.S. troops on the battlefield, then as a leader of analysts to monitor the actions of governments hostile to the U.S. I struggled to be the best that I could be and later to help others to be the best that they could be in service to the country. Our achievements were sometimes spectacular, and we took justifiable pride in what we were able to do.
Now that I am retired, I reflect on the honor that my country bestowed on me by calling on me to serve. My life is richer and my country is better off because I answered that call.