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G.A. Buie, President, NASSP

G.A. Buie
Eudora, Kansas
President, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

Mr. G.A. Buie is the president of National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), as well as principal of Eudora High School in Eudora, KS.

How did you become involved with the Army?
My first experience with the Army was during my position as a principal. Early one August, an Army recruiter came in to share his vision of recruiting and ask what access he could have within the school to make connections with junior and senior students. The tragedy of the situation was I never asked what type of student he was trying to recruit; I only assumed he was looking for students who were non-college bound. As I gained further knowledge of the Army and the mission of recruiting, it was easier to help establish connections between the recruiters and a wider variety of students.

How has your partnership with the Army made a difference to your organization?
Secondary school principals have strong knowledge of their students; knowledge that often includes family history, future aspirations and students’ strengths and weaknesses. Through our partnership I believe we can help tell the story of the Army, helping more students to understand the opportunities available for college and careers through service -- including post-graduate degrees and careers in technology that students can only imagine.

What were you surprised to learn about the Army through your involvement?
I have been amazed seeing the other side of the Army. I think the story that continues to resonate with me is hearing about soldiers completing their college degrees, taking the LSAT and SAT all while during the most recent conflicts in the Middle East. Thinking about what a soldier might experience during a day while on patrol is scary enough, but to learn that many of them would then go to class in the evening is amazing!

Why do you feel it is important to support the Army as a leader in your community?
The freedom we enjoy as Americans has never come without a price, whether you long for the “good ole days” when it was force, determination and grit that won wars, or you embrace the technology of the 21st century. I don’t want my freedom left in the hands of someone who doesn’t understand work ethic. With current technology and technology yet to be discovered, I want the best and brightest writing the code and designing the “next big thing.” Additionally, let’s not forget as we move into a new dimension of combat that we need someone at the helm developing the best strategy to protect what we hold so dear. 

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