Maj. Mike Benitez (BS/MS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) is an F-15E Strike Eagle Weapons Systems Officer with over 18 years of active service, including eight years as an enlisted Marine. He has served overseas in five combat deployments, including 11 months of sea time, and has flown over 250 combat missions. Maj. Benitez is a graduate of the US Air Force Weapons School, a former DARPA fellow, and legislative fellow.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s recent Force of the Future initiative includes a provision that would expand the use of lateral entry to address shortfalls in niche fields that are difficult to train and maintain.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.