I have only been at BUFF for a mere three days and I have already come to learn an extremely important life lesson... the importance of mentorship. For my Supervisory Ranger, Kevin Moses, this "someone" to him was Earl. Earl was also a Ranger and he inspired Kevin at a very young age to also become a Ranger. Because of the amazing person Earl was, every good quality Earl had, Kevin associated with the position of Ranger, such as a sense of adventure, a care for not only all humankind, but also a care for and regard for our planet and the future generations that will inhabit it. Thus, Kevin enlisted in the army and became an Army Ranger and then eventually a Law Enforcement Ranger for the National Park Service. Earl not only inspired Kevin to become a Ranger, he also inspired him to be someone else's "Earl" and I was lucky enough to be that "someone else." Kevin is my "Earl."
In just three short days, Kevin has taught me not only an immense amount of information about Ranger-ing, but he has also taught me, like Earl taught him, the importance of a having a mentor. Like Kevin was inspired by the person Earl was, Kevin inspires me. He truly has a passion for life and his line of work and it shows through his extremely hard work ethic and the regard his fellow co-workers have of him. He is the leader and mentor that I wish to be one day if I am lucky enough to be a "Ranger" too.
|BUFF Headquarters in Harrison, AR|
|The view from a surveillance spot overlooking the river|
|The BUFF welcome sign at Tyler Bend|
Lastly, today I had the pleasure of participating in the annual control tactics training at BUFF. It was such an enriching experience and I learned so much and it really gave me a great picture of what I have in store for me at the Seasonal Law Enforcement Academy and FLETC. All in all, these three days have been a blast and I cannot wait to see what the rest of this summer has in store.