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George Bruer, 4 tours, Combat Veteran

George Bruer on the Strategic Accounts Team. As a veteran with 34 years of service, George has held 12 different positions, beginning with Pararescueman, Machine Gunner. During his tenure, George also spent a great amount of his time with the Special Forces.

Describe the impact of your military experience on your work during civilian life as well as other aspects of your life.
My military experience is part of my overall vocation. With reference to my various roles over the past 18 years at Adobe, it has given me helpful unique insights into management and training: Whether writing curricula, delivering stand-up training, writing technical documentation or managing a strategic project, I draw on my military experience without often being consciously aware. It is part of me. It has taught me how to build comraderie and motivate team spirit around a goal while having a good time in the process.

What was the most rewarding aspect of your service and how has that impacted who you are today?
I have served globally, including Operation Eagle Claw (the Iranian Hostage Rescue mission in 1980 as a Ranger). This operation helped to shape the current effective structure of the military through the Goldwater-Nichols act in 1986.

Is there anything that you would like others to know about serving that they wouldn’t know had they not served themselves?
The concept of vocation is a vital driving force that keeps one focused and productive through various challenges and some aspects of military service drive this point home with a clarity hard to find in other contexts. The military also affords unique leadership and project management challenges that translate well into the civilian world as well. Reflecting on Eagle Claw and other operations, A Command and General Staff College. It has direct application to vocation and management in any context