CITIZENSHIP EARNED: This is my Grandfather. The first of the American Choe’s (the first G.I. Choe 😂). And here’s some #mondaymotivation for you. My grandfather grew up in Japanese occupied Korea. He was schooled in Japanese until the United States came and pushed the Japanese out and began teaching English in the schools (this is important later). When the US Navy first came to secure the beaches from the Japanese they had to shell the front with heavy artillery. My grandfather remembered this vividly as he told me that when it happened, they all ran for shelter. He remembered holding his sisters hand as they were running and dodging falling trees, structures and the artillery itself. As he was within feet from the nearest bunker, he realized he was no longer pulling on his sister. She fell victim to the artillery fire. When he finally became of age he joined the Korean navy and served for a couple years and worked closely with the US Army who had set up shop in Korea. My grandfather was useful to the Korean navy and the US Army because he excelled in learning English. And some of the Japanese that he learned from the schooling while the Japanese occupied Korea served helpful as well. During that time the United States government offered citizenship after military service. My grandfather joined and eventually found a home with the 19th military police division of the army serving in the CID (Criminal Investigation Detachment). If you ask my grandfather he will tell you he earned his right to live in this country and be called an American. He bore offspring that proudly served in the United States Army. And through my father’sand grandfather’s influence I decided to serve my community by becoming a police officer. This is a legacy I’m extremely proud of. And I don’t take his journey for granted. Right now in our country, there are differing opinions of how our immigration policy should be handled. I don’t know what that solution is. What I do know is I don’t take the sacrifices of people like my grandfather who earned this right for granted.
People have been asking me where the hatchet throwing clip is from. Well here’s the full video. It’s from a thing I did for @blueangelcoffee a while back. ☕️☕️
COPS ARE UNEDUCATED: I hear this a lot. “you’re only a cop because you’re too dumb to do anything else.” The fact is, some of the sharpest, most intelligent people I’ve ever known were colleagues of mine in law enforcement. And not all of these individuals have formal higher education. But to your surprise a lot do! I dropped out of college my junior year to pursue my career in law enforcement. Back when I got hired, cops with degrees were an anomaly. I never thought twice about going back to finish. But as I formed relationships with colleagues and was guided by mentors I learned that having an education in this profession can be helpful. It’s not necessary, but can absolutely be helpful. So having the perspective of an officer who for the majority of his career didn’t have a degree, I can tell you, you can have a very successful career without one. But on the same token, should you choose to further your education, a degree won’t help you get smarter, but it puts you in the practice of thinking critically. And if you’ve ever thought about supervision and management, having that 30,000 foot view and ability to think critically is such a valuable tool. It took me a long time, and a lot of patience and support from my family, but I eventually got my masters degree. So many doors opened after that. I now enjoy a second job as a professor teaching public relations at @calbaptist and promoted to sergeant shortly after my degree. So if you’ve ever considered getting your degree I say give it some serious thought! And if you choose not to, you can still enjoy a career that is just as fruitful. . But one thing is for sure. Whether your education was from a classroom or from the streets (or both), no one can say, you were too dumb to do anything else. In fact. It’s the exact opposite. The amount of intelligence, aptitude and ability to learn (because training never stops) requires a dynamic individual (you!).
When you’re craving them, you’re craving them . . . Video credit: @morgan_j0hnson
Mom. You would have been 63 today. You beat stage 3 ovarian cancer only to get murdered by a piece of crap 6 months later. I miss you terribly. Happy birthday Mom.
I laughed at myself 😂. Kudos to whoever made this for me!
I can’t tell you how much I hated working with that stuff.
Where are you all from?