March 9, 2016
It is with a deep sense of gratitude that I write today to share with you what serving in this program has meant to me over the past two and a half years. In roughly two weeks’ time, I will depart the MFLC program and embark upon a new mission serving my fellow veterans within Health Net’s Veterans Affairs team. The task of helping to build new support programs for the millions of veterans who have honorably served our country is a humbling opportunity and one that would not have been possible without the hard work of every member of this team. I have learned so much from each of you during my time in the MFLC program and I thank you for your support during one of the most transformative periods of my life.
After leaving active duty one misses the sense of purpose that comes with wearing the cloth of our armed forces. The privilege of being a member of this team returned to me a sense of purpose and a feeling of contributing to something far greater than oneself. That sense of purpose came from knowing that every day, all around the world, in every clime and place as we Marines like to say, our MFLC team members were serving shoulder to shoulder with our military community while providing mission essential support to my brothers and sisters in arms at a critical time in our nation’s history. The impact of the work you do cannot be overstated. The individual stories coupled with the feedback received from leaders across the force and the knowledge of the many sacrifices you make in serving this program have filled me with a sense of pride for this team that I will carry with me forever. Your service, sacrifice and positive impact have left me with renewed hope that together we can create a better tomorrow for those who serve our nation today.
Looking ahead, stay focused on what is important. While we can neither choose nor prevent the obstacles that cross our path and attempt to steal our attention, we can choose our focus. Remember the power that comes with your position and the sacred responsibility of serving in this program – the young men and women who risk their lives to protect us are choosing to put their careers, their families and their futures in our hands. As we’ve discussed many times, by our action or inaction every member of this team has an impact that reaches far beyond our individual position. Make good on that sacred trust– do the right thing when no one is looking – lead by example. Our management team is here to support you and they share the same passion and dedication to this program as I have seen you portray on the ground. An interim transition plan is in place and Dr. Betsy McBride will be taking on many of my responsibilities, similar to when I was called to active duty over this past summer.
I am truly grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to get to know so many of you. To all those who have endeavored to improve our program; to increase the effectiveness with which we support the men and women who serve our nation and to strengthen the bond of service we share as members of this organization; thank you. It has been a privilege to be a small part of this team.
Stay on the attack!
Godspeed and Semper Fidelis,
James H. Ferguson
Deputy Program Director