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04 DOSIER:

Al Paxton, THF DoD SkillBridge Intern

Name: Alan (Al) Paxton

Where were you born and raised?
Born: in Chicago, Il. Raised: Salt Lake City, Utah

What’s a short story around the biggest transition you’ve faced in life?
My largest and most complex transition is ongoing as I transition from 26 years of active duty military service. Some very familiar vernacular I’ve heard and experienced include: anxiety, ambiguity, unsure, unsettled, translating skills and abilities, etc. What I do know is that I’m grateful for whom I’ve chose to become through the crucible of military service. I have a strong sense of responsibility and approach everything as if it were a mission and apply what I’ve learned about people, processes, and planning. Going through the THF process at the end of an amazing career has polished an existing gem for the world to appreciate and desire. I get to choose from this point on where I invest my time and effort.

What’s the once piece of advice you’d give a younger you?
Don’t lose contact with the people you meet along the way. Keep your network together and strong, be the epicenter if necessary. The most important thing you will earn along life’s path are relationships, hold on to them closely.

Your Personal Why?
To serve and grow with others so that together we may realize our potential.

How does your Why drive you to be a part of the THF Ecosystem?
THF is a community of like-minded fellows looking to grow the best version of themselves and progress into the next chapter and contribute at the next level.

Military Connection or Why do you respect Special Operators?
Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you. -Friedrich Nietzsche

I think about this quote and the goodness that resides in Special Operators…the pure ones don’t become monsters, and rise above the abyss. There is no other breed of men that remain pure in heart despite the adversity and evil in the world, they are uniquely special souls.

Favorite THF Value, and why?
Exemplify Trust

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important ones.” -Albert Einstein
Trust, or the absence of it, is my favorite value because it is inextricably linked to all human interaction.

Area/Industry of expertise:
Leading, Counseling, mentoring, and coaching.

Contact Al directly at al.paxton@honor.org.