One year ago, tomorrow, I left on my journey through basic training, AIT, and my new life in the Army National Guard. Since my decision to enlist, my life has changed drastically. I have grown so much as an individual and come to learn more about myself than I did in the 18 years of my life before. I have learned that I am stronger than I ever thought, and capable of adapting to any situation life throws at me. My success in the Army would not be possible without the amazing support of my family, battle buddies, and leaders. I extend a thank you to every service member who has gone before me and paved the way.