Although the hostilities of the Korean War ended in a cease-fire more than half a century ago, almost daily, the news reminds people that tensions are still high between the North and South Korea.
In the midst of this tension, Corban University alumnus Andrew Lind, ’11, is making a difference just 400 meters from the famed Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The U.S. Army sergeant is the Lead Fusion Intelligence Analyst for the United Nations Command Security Battalion at the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom, South Korea and using what he learned at Corban to accomplish its mission.
“Due to the importance of our mission and unique location on the DMZ, we are often visited by various dignitaries, international heads of state, and members of the upper echelons of the U.S. military,” he said. “During these visits I am responsible for overseeing numerous security and surveillance operations, but on the whole, the majority of my daily schedule is spent overseeing the creation and fusion of multi-source intelligence analysis products, and personally conducting daily briefings to the U.S. and Korean commanders of the unit.”
Lind said he challenged himself to become a better public speaker and presenter and that a team of Corban professors helped him do that.
“I felt that public speaking was an inherent piece of professional relationships, and one that deserved my full attention,” he said. “At the time, I hardly suspected that calming my nerves in front of Dr. Trammell’s speech class, collaborating on a team presentation in Dr. Leavitt's marketing course or engaging in the intellectual repartee of Mr. Madaus' debate and oratory course would in fact be preparation for briefing the unit commander, daily collaboration with my counterparts in the Korean Army and other members of the intelligence network and out-thinking the enemy threat that is just North of the border.”
He enlisted in the Army in 2012 after working two full-time jobs in Fairbanks, AK. During that time, Lind also helped his brother and sister-in-law prepare to serve with Mission Aviation Fellowship in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
After he enlisted in the Army, he put another lesson from Professor of English, Dr. Marty Trammell, Ph.D., to use.
“He isn't the ‘Love Doctor’ for no reason,” he said. “I learned more from him about relationships in his classes than from any book, sermon, or seminar. A year later, I fell in love with and married the most amazing woman alive.”
Lind said many would argue that college is a place students go to “learn how to learn,” but he said he learned how to work.
“Your two most effective tools for success in today's economy, regardless of your degree track or area of focus, are your ability to present yourself and your organization in a professional manner, and your ability to build, foster, and effectively utilize your network of professional relationships,” he said. “College is the time to commit yourself to confidence, and Corban is the place to do it.”