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Change can be good, chance to learn new routine

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By RACHAEL TOLLIVER

IRACH Public Affairs Office

Change is good, so I have been told. But we don’t always like it. Change means “the unknown.” It means testing new boundaries and finding out what you like, or what works—making mistakes that we hate to be seen making while we learn our new parameters. Sometimes it means proving yourself all over again.

Change means getting out of one routine and learning another—I use to not be bothered by it, but the older I get the more I enjoy a routine. For some things.

Like work.

Since joining the Army I have worked as a public affairs specialist. As a Soldier and later a civilian I have escorted media, wrote a ton of stories and took as many photos, maintained social media sites, worked on communication plans, visited community luncheons as a command representative and much more. But always as an assignment to help my boss—the public affairs officer.

A year and a half ago I took over the Gold Standard as its editor, after leaving here several years ago when it was the Turret and run by a great man the Army referred to as “the Dean of Editors,” Larry Barnes. I was his associate editor and a PAS then.

I hope that in this year and a half I have made some sort of positive difference in the paper and in the lives of its readers.

And now back to that opening about “change.”

This is my last commentary as the GS editor, although you will still see my name on these pages from time-to-time. I now start my new job as the public affairs officer at Ireland Army Community Hospital. I am not only changing commands, but I am now the person who would tell my old position what I should be doing. Sort of helpful since I will be an “Army of one.”

This job will be a new challenge. And if anyone who knows me knows anything, they know I love a challenge, particularly if I can make a positive impact.

I will make mistakes—and I will hate it! And I will gain new experiences and knowledge to add to those that I have gained here from the people with whom I work, and those of you who have been kind enough to call, write or stop me when you see me out.

I look forward to seeing you in my new role. But for now, to you all I say “Thank You for your support, contributions and advice.” n