It has been a proud week for the American military with the successful attack and death of one of our most wanted enemies, Osama bin Laden. Yes, the heroism, intelligence, courage, mental strength, and selflessness that went into this nearly 9 year operation leaves me very impressed and proud to be an American.
But what I love most about it is that the individual names of the those that attacked are not being released. No one involved with the operation is being exhaulted as being more important than another. We only know that the SEAL unit called "Knight Stalkers", an elite Army Special Operations Unit did the job. The guy that fired the shot that brought bin Laden down is not being given a hero's welcome back in America, as we might expect. The people in the background who have labored intensely over these past years tracking our enemies get just as much credit as the front-liners.
This speaks to my "self-centered tendency to be in the spotlight after a big win" in a convicting way. What I need to learn is that when one wins, we all win. Being part of a team is exhilarating when this attitude is practiced. This is character at its finest!
Thank you, US Military for your dedication and selfless service. And thank you for giving us an example of character we all aspire to.