What will you be doing at RallyPoint?
I will be supporting the RallyPoint community and its individual members. This will vary from responding to members questions and suggestions, to engaging with the community in our Answers forums and through social media. I also look forward to highlighting some of our service members, units, and veterans within RallyPoint, and helping our members grow their professional network.
Can you tell us more about yourself?
I joined the Massachusetts Army National Guard in February 2010 and attended BCT at Fort Jackson, SC that summer. Following basic training I attended Officer Candidate School at the Massachusetts Military Academy, receiving my commission as a Second Lieutenant in August 2012. I was a Platoon Leader in the 1166th Trans Company, 164th TC, from September 2012 to December 2013, during which time I attended TBOLC at Fort Lee, VA, and currently serve as the Executive and Operations Officer at the 1166th.
Prior to joining the National Guard I attended Bucknell University and received a degree in political science and environmental studies. Since graduation I've worked in an administrative roles in health care and pharmaceuticals. In additional to my position at RallyPoint I am heavily involved in organizing Tough Ruck and can frequently be found hiking in the Blue Hills.
How did you find out about RallyPoint and how long have you been a member?
I first heard about RallyPoint through a BostInno article in November 2012, and joined shortly afterwards. I became more active on the site when the discussion boards were introduced, finding it rewarding to be able to communicate with service members and veterans across branches and regardless of rank.
What do you like most about RallyPoint?
As a young and relatively inexperienced Lieutenant I continue to find that the Answers discussion boards are my favorite part of RallyPoint. Whether I am giving feedback, receiving advice, or just following a discussion I am constantly learning more about the military profession and how to improve myself as an Officer.
Why did you decide to join RallyPoint?
When the RallyPoint founders approached me about joining RallyPoint as a community manager I was very excited by the prospect of becoming part of the team. I believe that RallyPoint is an incredible networking tool for acting service members and veterans alike, and from a personal perspective, can see its usefulness for my fellow National Guard Soldiers trying to balance both a military and civilian career. I look forward to strengthening the existing community and working with members to make RallyPoint an increasingly valuable tool for its members. I'm very excited to be a part of RallyPoint as it continues to grow!