Military training allows soldiers to experience a variety of posts and duties.
The first year of his assignment to the Old Guard is “a career highlight”, said Meadors.
Experience in Ranger battalion starting in October 2005 taught him a lot about himself, said Meadors.
It was difficult and took will power to get through the training.
“I can actually operate on very little sleep,” said Meadors. “It taught me personally I am more able to operate without sleep then without food.”
Meadors said lessons from Ranger school were mainly about work ethic.
For instance, an assignment like the Old Guard is not a typical environment Meadors is used to, but by working relentlessly one can get the job done, he said.
Meadors’ ability to adapt was put to the test during another assignment in the National Capital Region: as an Army Congressional Fellow.
The Army Congressional Fellowship program includes a Master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University, a year on Capital Hill as a congressional staffer, and two years working in the Pentagon, said Meadors.
“It gives the individuals a unique perspective on the U.S. Congress,” said Meadors. “And a tier-one graduate degree.”
Meadors calls his time with the Congressional Fellow program a “broadening experience”.
“It takes soldiers and gives them an opportunity to expand their aperture,” said Meadors. “And to view things through a different lens.”
In addition to writing legislation, Meadors said he learned to talk to constituents and perform tasks he’s never had to perform previously.
The greatest asset to Meadors as a fellow was his ability to convey his ideas.
“My father is an extremely effective communicator.”
Medors credits his father by involving him at around age 8 with “Toastmasters”.
“Toastmasters” is a non-profit education organization that helps members build public speaking and communication skills.
“He brought all the kids to Toastmasters just to see it,” said Meadors. “That’s when I first saw the importance of communication.”
Another aspect of Meadors’ ability to communicate he said is his passion for writing.
“When I was in graduate school I saw the importance of written communication,” said Meadors. “Being able to voice arguments on paper.”
Meadors said he writes in reflection, and looks upon it as a chance to give back to the Army profession.
Meadors currently serves as the Battalion Executive Officer for fourth Battalion.
His experience as a congressional fellow has helped him in his role at the Old Guard.
“Primarily my role is to insure that the regiment is meeting the commanders intent,” said Meadors. “It runs the gambit, but primarily I’m tied to meetings, developing concepts the commander gives me.”
The Old Guard touches both the operational, tactical and strategic spectrum in its engagements, said Meadors.
The unique thing about the Old Guard is to represent the Army to a grieving family, visiting foreign dignitaries, and to honor high-level staff that’s retiring, said Meadors.
“We are put in those situations on a daily basis.” Meadors said.
“The Old Guard has a unique mission,” said Meadors. “The purpose to communicate the Army’s story to the nation, to the world.”