Episode 016: Uncommon Journey (Part 2) – US Army

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Mo Massaquoi has had an atypical military career to say the least. He started off as an enlisted sailor in the U.S. Navy, before moving up to become a naval officer, and then eventually, transitioning to the U.S. Army where he continues to serve on active duty. Over his ongoing 22 years of service, Mo has been through a number of great challenges and great successes, some of which he’ll share with us during our interview.

Part 2 covers his time in the U.S. Army.

Disclaimer: The views expressed by LTC Massaquoi on this podcast are from his own research as an academic and do not represent the views of the United States Army, nor do they represent the views of the Department of Defense.

What You’ll Get From This Episode

Mo discusses his transition from the U.S. Navy to the U.S. Army and the numerous service culture faux pas he encountered along the way.

Mo talks about the various experiences as a company grade chemical officer and how he eventually gets a second chance at being a military aviator.

Mo shares stories of his professional growth as a field grade officer after transitioning career fields again to become an army strategist.  

Mo reflects on some folks who helped him along his journey and how military service has affected his life.

Resources for Topics Discussed in the Episode

Chemical Corps Past, Present, Future. A short article from the National Museum of the U.S. Army.

CH-47 – The World’s Most Iconic Helicopter. YouTuber and Air Force Public Affairs Officer Sam Eckholm takes viewers through a history and ride on the Army’s CH-47 helicopter.

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