Get Task & Purpose in your inbox
JOB ENVY: Iraq War Veteran Becomes National Geographic’s Adventurer Of the Year
Name: Stacy Bare
Job Field: Outdoors Sports
Title: Director of Sierra Club Outdoors organization
Stacy Bare is the director for Sierra Club Outdoors, an environmental organization that has been around since 1892 that gets 250,000 people outdoors nationwide each year through a network of 5,000 volunteer leaders and a small staff. One of Sierra Club’s main programs, Military Outdoors, run by Josh Brandon, provides service members, veterans, and their families opportunities, exposure and access to the great outdoors. The organization also offers a number of training events that are open to the public, from day hikes to mountaineering trips across the country. Bare participates and leads a number of these outings. In 2014, National Geographic named him “Adventurer of the Year.” He is also a brand ambassador for The North Face.
On getting an education in city planning
Bare left the military seven years ago after serving in the U.S. Army for over six years. He went to the University of Mississippi on an ROTC scholarship for his undergraduate degree, followed by a master’s degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania. In school, he learned to view design processes from multiple perspectives and different viewpoints, which now helps him ask the right questions when engaging with new communities.
“UPenn emphasized community engagement and a very critical design thought process,” Bare said. “[These elements] both have helped me ensure the programs we’re designing and delivering to support getting people outdoors are meeting critical needs, especially in the veteran and youth sectors.”
On working outdoors for a living
Bare said that as a child his family taught him the value of outdoorsmanship, however, a critical moment in his life occurred after graduate school. All through school, Bare admitted that he had a problem with cocaine and alcohol, and by 2009, he was very depressed. He moved out to Colorado where a friend convinced him rope up and get vertical for the first time.
“That experience got me out of my own head space in a healthy way for several hours and I decided I wanted to try and make a career of getting people outdoors,” Bare said. “It isn’t just veterans who have issues related to trauma, readjustment, etc. and it isn’t just veterans who can benefit from the very real positive effects of time outdoors.”
From there, it was the result of a lot of hard work, lucky breaks and support from his family and friends that enabled Bare to pursue a life-long career helping people benefit from the outdoors.
On how his military experience helps in his daily and professional life
Bare noted that there is no better place to learn the value and advantages of teamwork and leadership than in the Army. “I loved the men and women I served with and when I could break the mission down to each day’s tasks, it was great.”
He also said that regardless of rank, when service members go out to learn a new skill at a school like Airborne, regardless of rank, they are treated equally --- everyone has to work hard to succeed. Further, “If you want to be an effective leader, you have to earn the respect of your team, you can’t just expect people to follow only on rank.”
His advice to transitioning service members
Bare advised that recognizing you’re new to the civilian world is important, just like when you were new to the military. “Seek out mentors in the veteran and civilian sector and don’t be afraid to spend a year or two as a ski bum or a dirt bag climber before deciding to take a step towards your career or education,” he said. “You’ve just come home from war, try and enjoy life and don’t be afraid to ask for help.”
Lauren Katzenberg is the managing editor of Task & Purpose.
The FBI is treating the recent shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, as a terrorist attack, several media outlets reported on Sunday.
"We work with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism," USA Today quoted FBI Agent Rachel Rojas as saying at a news conference.
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un risks losing "everything" if he resumes hostility and his country must denuclearize, after the North said it had carried out a "successful test of great significance."
"Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore," Trump said on Twitter, referring to his first summit with Kim in Singapore in 2018.
"He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the U.S. Presidential Election in November," he said.
The three sailors whose lives were cut short by a gunman at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, on Friday "showed exceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil," said base commander Navy Capt. Tim Kinsella.
Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters were killed in the shooting, the Navy has announced.
The Pentagon’s troop deployment denials means nothing when the White House screams ‘fake news’ all the time
The Pentagon has a credibility problem that is the result of the White House's scorched earth policy against any criticism. As a result, all statements from senior leaders are suspect.
We're beyond the point of defense officials being unable to say for certain whether a dog is a good boy or girl. Now we're at the point where the Pentagon has spent three days trying to knock down a Wall Street Journal story about possible deployments to the Middle East, and they've failed to persuade either the press or Congress.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that the United States was considering deploying up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East to thwart any potential Iranian attacks. The story made clear that President Trump could ultimately decide to send a smaller number of service members, but defense officials have become fixated on the number 14,000 as if it were the only option on the table.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Gen. David Berger, the US Marine Corps commandant, suggested the concerns surrounding a service members' use of questionable Chinese-owned apps like TikTok should be directed against the military's leadership, rather than the individual troops.
Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, on Saturday morning, Berger said the younger generation of troops had a "clearer view" of the technology "than most people give them credit for."
"That said, I'd give us a 'C-minus' or a 'D' in educating the force on the threat of even technology," Berger said. "Because they view it as two pieces of gear, 'I don't see what the big deal is.'"