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Alumni Testimony - Michael Phillips

October 30, 2019
By Kingsmen Stories
Michael Phillips, Sergeant, U.S. Army 

 

Sgt. Phillips as a CHS student.

As Veterans' Day nears and we anticipate our annual Veterans' Day Assembly, we'll feature the reflections of some of our alumni who serve, or have served, in the armed services.

Places Served: 1-102 Infantry Regiment (Mountain) and 2/19 Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Highlights of Military Career: Green Beret in 19th Special Forces Group, Special Forces Qualification Course, Special Forces Communication Sergeant Course, Small Unit Tactics, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape, Special Forces Assessment and Selection, Basic Airborne Qualification Course, Basic Leader Course 

What did your experience at Christian Heritage School mean to you, and how did it prepare you for a life of serving Christ and your country? 

I attended Christian Heritage during high school (2003-2007) with some incredible guys that were also involved with Fusion, Black Rock’s youth group. I was blessed with scholarly and spiritual advancement in a competitive environment that valued achievement and growth. Class at CHS made my undergraduate and master’s programs easy, as everything was easier than a Haggerty Bible class or having Mrs. Hannibal say your notes are flat in front of the entire cast of Beauty and the Beast

What would you like to say to the students at Christian Heritage School? 

I don’t know how long I can walk without stopping but I know it’s more than 30 miles.
I don’t know how long I can go without food but I know it’s more than 6 days.
I don’t know how long I can go without sleep but I know it’s more than 98 hours.
I don’t know how long I can swim in a frozen lake but I know it’s more than 4 minutes.
I don’t know how many folded flags I can give to surviving family but I know it’s more than 4. 
I don’t know how many friends I can visit in the hospital but I know it’s more than 3. 
 

I’ve learned a lot but something that really sticks with me is that the anticipation of suffering is far worse than the actual misery. You’ll get some variation depending on translation but of all Jesus’ commands, the most prevalent is FEAR NOT and it’s all over the Gospels. 

“When you’re going through hell, go straight through it” (Churchill). Eyes on where you’re going, not what you’re going through. Eyes on the prize kids, don’t get distracted. 

“Pain thou art not an enemy” (Dumas). It’s just a message, receive it, process it, then handle it or change it. 

“Never mind maneuvers, always go straight at ‘em.”  Warfare, physical and spiritual, is dangerous and there will be casualties. Those unwilling to fight will quit as soon as they see how much you’re willing to lose to win. 

“Go ugly, early.” Don’t wait until you have no other options before you decide to make changes. 

Be Sisyphus. Be an Ox. Be a plodder. Do the small things, day in and day out. Consistency in the small things will make the large, small. Luck is just being prepared for the opportunity when it comes. Strive to win in everything. Make small goals and crush them. Make winning a habit. 

Tony Palomba says:
October 31, 2019 12:45 PM CST

Great piece. Excellent advice. Awesome school testimony. Well done, Michael!


Beverly Isselee says:
November 01, 2019 03:35 PM CST

Bravo, Mike! Proud of you, thank you for your service.