John Stakeley: Service Felt 'More Important Than Anything I’ve Done In My Life'
John Stakeley served with the Army National Guard for 13 and a half years, and for the last three years as a Captain with the U.S. Army Reserves.
While he didn’t have one defining moment, Stakeley said the Army established a trust and a bond he hasn’t experienced anywhere else. He said that was especially true when he was deployed to Iraq in 2005.
“It felt more important than anything I’ve done in my life,” he said.
Stakeley refers to the military as an incubator for leadership training. Since his time of service he has earned his PhD and helped create six tech start up companies.
Stakeley was interviewed by CLCV team member and former U.S. Army E-5 Sergeant James Yauger. Read more about Veterans' Stories: Project 412 and its participating team members.