Message from Ethan Brand '08 to Longtime Team Member SgtMaj Hofer
"I wanted to contact you and give you my utmost and respectful thanks. At the time when we were still kids at 17/18, most if not all of us did not have the ears and stomach to hear and digest the lessons, insight, and wisdom that you passed onto us. But I saved it for later. Over the years I have thought back often to those nights you spent with us in the mess hall imparting wisdom, discipline, and advice to us, and perhaps you may have thought it was falling on deaf ears. It did not. You have an impact on those kids that may be exasperating at the time like it was with us, but I assure you it comes full circle.
It was an honor to have a role model and mentor like you at that age. 99% of the population does not have that luxury. You have a major positive impact on all those kids at that school whether they reach out to you later in life like I have or not. After I had my firsthand experience of combat, warfare, loss, and tenacity through impossible odds, I began to finally absorb and embrace the words you passed onto us years before."