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Episode 18: Catching Up w/Retired Army Sgt. Mjr. Clifford Lovejoy (Part 1)

Posted by Greg Lindberg on June 29, 2020

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Episode Summary

  • Clifford Lovejoy, a retired sergeant major in the U.S. Army and a Saint Leo University alumnus who recently completed the MS in Emergency and Disaster Management online degree program
  • His childhood growing up in Des Moines, IA
  • How a special forces soldier who spoke at his school inspired him to later enlist in the U.S. Army
  • How he became a force readiness leader 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.
  • Being in the Pentagon on the morning of September 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 and how he serves as a mentor to families who have lost their active duty or veteran family members in combat or to suicide

Links & Resources

Read more about Sgt. Mjr. Lovejoy in this blog article: https://www.saintleo.edu/blog/this-army-sergeant-major-survived-9/11-and-cancer

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