Smedes York remembers military service at NC State and reflects on the availability of leadership opportunities during his time at NC State. Interview on March 15, 2012. (1:35)


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NC State, I've never been, as I said earlier, as scheduled, 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:05.666
and a lot of leadership opportunities at NC State. 00:00:05.666 - 00:00:09.676
I was president of the fraternity; as I mentioned, battalion commander. 00:00:09.676 - 00:00:13.946
When you stand in front of a company 00:00:13.946 - 00:00:19.525
and call them to attention and give some commands, I mean that's-. Try that some time. 00:00:19.525 - 00:00:24.510
[I don't think anyone's going to let me do that.] 00:00:24.510 - 00:00:28.844
"Company, ten hut!" you know. Just to even say it today actually brings back memories. 00:00:28.844 - 00:00:34.296
But NC State was terrific in terms of 00:00:34.296 - 00:00:38.569
leadership, in terms of time management and scheduling, 00:00:38.569 - 00:00:43.159
and in terms of comrades and friends, 00:00:43.159 - 00:00:48.359
you know, in terms of the importance of long time association and friendships, 00:00:48.359 - 00:00:54.382
and of course I learned a lot, 00:00:54.382 - 00:00:58.180
a lot of math, surveying. 00:00:58.180 - 00:01:00.826
When I got to Korea as the company commander was-. I was the operations officer initially, I mean I wasn't required 00:01:00.826 - 00:01:07.552
to do the surveying but just because I could operate the transit level and all that, 00:01:07.552 - 00:01:13.678
it was good to get out there and do a lot of that, and the troops would be sort of semi-impressed, you might way. 00:01:13.678 - 00:01:20.713
So NC State, those four years were the basis for everything I've done since. 00:01:20.713 - 00:01:26.430

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