Saint Leo University has proudly served a large number of active-duty and veteran students over the years in terms of higher education. One such veteran who served for nearly four decades is retired U.S. Army sergeant major Clifford Lovejoy, a Saint Leo alumnus who has earned multiple degrees from the university. Lovejoy was actually in the Pentagon on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
In this episode of the Saint Leo 360 podcast, we feature Part 1 of our conversation with Lovejoy who most recently completed the MS in Emergency and Disaster Management online degree program. He discussed:
- His childhood and early years growing up in Des Moines, IA
- How a special forces soldier who spoke at his middle school inspired him to later enlist in the U.S. Army
- How he became involved in force readiness and worked in the Pentagon as a sergeant major
- Some of the unique meetings and interactions he had with top military and government officials
- His experiences working at various embassies around the world and why people in other countries dream of coming to the U.S.
- What it was like being in the Pentagon on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 when one of the hijacked planes struck the building and the resulting effects in the days and weeks afterward
- How a woman whom he considers to be “an angel” saved his life on 9/11
- How a prostate cancer diagnosis forced him to retire from the Army after nearly four decades of service
- The volunteer work he has done to help military members and veterans deal with injuries and illnesses
- His work with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and how he serves as a mentor to families who have lost their active duty or veteran family members in combat or to suicide
Listen to Episode 18 of the Saint Leo 360 podcast with Saint Leo University alumnus Clifford Lovejoy here.
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Learn More about Saint Leo University Alumnus Clifford Lovejoy
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