Veterans’ Voices: Captain Chuck Palm

Dates Employed Jun 1978 – Sep 1985
First – 1978-1981 – 2nd Lieutenant – Combat Engineer Platoon Leader, United States Army, Germany
Last – 1981-1985 – Captain – Engineer Combat Heavy Company Commander – 11th Engineer Battalion – Fort Belvoir, VA

During his career, the U.S. military recognized Captain Palm (retired) for his leadership, service and valor with the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and National Defense Service Medal

SERVICE TEACHES PERSEVERANCE AND LEADERSHIP

I was called on very early in my military career to become a leader. In my first assignment, I was shipped to Germany and assigned to a tank division. As a counter-mobility engineer, my unit and I were responsible for destroying anything Soviet soldiers could use to travel, such as bridges and roads. While I was in Germany, I moved up the ladder to platoon leader, and later I was promoted to battalion logistics officer.

I was then stationed at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, where I worked as a leadership instructor for newly commissioned lieutenants, and later as a company commander for a construction company. I not only grew my engineering knowledge and skills during this time, I grew as a leader. In the latter part of my Army career, I was in charge of 150 people.

I don’t think I could have risen to Director of Facilities Management at Cushman & Wakefield without that leadership experience. The leadership training and time spent managing people helped me later become an effective department head, in addition to everything I learned about engineering. Finally, and perhaps most invaluably, the military taught me how to never give up and always achieve my goals, no matter how stacked the odds may be against me.

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