Saluting our Heroes: The Service of Teaching
FORT EISENHOWER, Ga. - You probably remember some of your favorite teachers. Chances are, they probably remember you too. One teacher turned Staff Sergeant says he loves being able to give back to the students sitting in chairs he once sat in.
“When I put on my uniform, right, I go to work thinking about how do I get the most out of this day?” said SSG. Michael Hood, Network & Transmission Management Branch Instructor, Fort Eisenhower.
He's spent 11 years in the Army, most of which in SATCOM.
"On a daily basis, I’m here as an instructor. I’m teaching the brand new soldiers who have just came into the Army and just completed basic training how to be a part of their MOS, or specific job," said SSG. Hood, "..Often times we find ourselves in hostile places in which we cannot run cables, so one of your few options that you have for worldwide communications is SATCOM – the ability transmit into space and around the world...The things that we do in the school house are fed into war fighter.”
Staff Sergeant Hood describes his work as very fulfilling.
"…Because you’re out there deployed managing the communications of the people who need it most. To be selected and brought back here as an instructor…You’re getting the ability to mold what you wish you would’ve learned." said SSG. Hood.
However, this isn’t his first time being a teacher.
"I was working as an assistant professor at a community college," said SSG. Hood, “I wanted to serve my country, I wanted to be able to give something back to make a sacrifice so that my family, my mother, my father, my brothers, my sisters, wouldn’t have to make that sacrifice one day.”
He feels grateful for the journey and for the lives he’s impacted along the way.
"Time flies, you know? I remember sitting in these chairs 10 years ago, you know, trying to get my head around some of these concepts of SATCOM theory, never realizing one day I was going to have to put those theories into action.” said SSG. Hood.
"For me, I get a lot of feedback from former soldiers, former students but also their NCO's, the people who are in charge of them.” said SSG. Hood.
FOX54 salutes said SSG. Michael Hood.
"I want to continue being a leader in the Army… I’ve always wanted to continue to have those responsibilities, to take care of those people who ultimately take care of the Army.” said SSG. Hood.
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