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Captain Sam Ku, Arizona State University, Sun Devil Battalion

Captain Sam Ku
Tempe, AZ
Arizona State University, Sun Devil Battalion

Captain Ku is a reserve Assistant Professor of Military Science at Arizona State University, with 4-414th SROTC, 104th Training Division. Ku has served in the Army Reserve for more than eight years. His Army story began in 2006 with basic training and Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA. Ever since, he has loved every moment in Army uniform.

Why did you join the Army?
My mother and I came to this great country when I was 7 years old. We had nothing but dirty, second-hand clothes on our backs. Neither of us spoke English, had any kind of technical skills, or a penny in our pockets. Fast forward to present day, I am college-educated, able to support a family of my own, and am able to enjoy all the comforts of modern-day life. Why did I join the Army? I joined the Army because everything I have in my life, all the opportunities that were and are afforded to me is because of this country. I wanted this country to know the citizenship that I have has been properly earned, and not just given. The Army allowed me the opportunity to accomplish such a goal.

How do partnerships with community organizations help, or make a difference for, the Army?
Partnerships with community organizations are one of the most crucial components of the Army. As an entity of the government, we must never forget we serve the will of the people. Consequently, we must also never let the people forget that fact. However, the idea of community partnership is deeper than just mutual support and understanding; it is the foundation of the fabric of our existence. 

Why do you feel it is important for community leaders and influencers to support the Army?
It is very important for community leaders and influencers to support the Army. Actually, I don’t think “important” is the proper word. It is just the right thing to do. I challenge anyone who has a leadership title to shake the hand of a Veteran, look in his or her eyes, and try for one minute to imagine what it was like to be in their shoes, and not come out of that experience saying, “I will do everything I can to support the Army.” Support of the Army, military, and any organization that is willing to sacrifice everything for their country is just the right thing to do.

Captain Ku presented information about opportunities available through Army service to high school students who attended the HACU College Tour at Arizona State University January 20-23, 2015. Read about the HACU College Tour here.

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