Albert in the army – Albert Bae
“We were positioned near the Demilitarized Zone, so things got a little tense sometimes,” says Albert. “But I knew our presence there was important.” So important, in fact, that he “re-upped” and spent a total of eight and a half years in Korea as a U.S. soldier.
“When I chose the United States for my home, I immediately gave it full allegiance and was happy to serve anywhere.” And he did, spending his 21 years of service in the U.S. and abroad in Korea, Germany, and Yugoslavia as part of a peacekeeping unit. He rose to Logistics Noncommissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC), Chief of Staff.
“The Army taught us discipline and teamwork, and we bring those qualities to our downline every day,” says Albert. Asked about heroes, Albert offers: “I think the real heroes are the families of soldiers. They wait at home during deployment, and move with us wherever we’re stationed. That kind of loyalty and sacrifice doesn’t get acknowledged often, but it’s very heroic.”
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