Best Wishes for the New Year

After a short holiday break, Cameron-Brooks is off and running in 2010.  We look forward to continued work with JMOs evaluating career options and making career transitions to business.  With the economy at a positive inflection point, we are excited about 2010 and ready to apply all of our knowledge and experience from 2009.

Before we took our holiday break, I meant to post our Holiday Letter on the blog.  I realize I am a couple of weeks late, however, I wanted to share the positive message, appreciation and well wishes to all those who follow our blog but may not have received the e-mail with the Cameron-Brooks Holiday Letter.   The letter is in italics below.  From all of us at Cameron-Brooks, we hope you had a meaningful holiday season and wish you great success in 2010.

With the Holiday Season upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those who have helped to shape our business, especially in these turbulent economic times.  We are filled with gratitude for the many people with whom we are associated – our client companies and recruiters, our active duty military officer candidates and our Alumni.  We value our relationship with you, and we are thankful for your role in the success of Cameron-Brooks.

We are especially grateful for the American military men and women who continue to defend liberty in faraway places around the world so that Americans may live in peace at home.  Thank you for answering the call to duty during this historic time in world history.  Equally, we are grateful for their families who bear a heavy burden in the absence of their loved ones during the holidays.  Most importantly, we join Americans across the country to pray for the families of those fallen Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines who have died to preserve our security and freedom.

To paraphrase the great patriot Thomas Paine, these certainly are the times that try our souls.  In a year when the economic affliction and debate among our elected leaders seem to be at peak levels, the holidays provide a good opportunity for us to remember that throughout our 233-year history, our country has faced and overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges.  When the Pilgrims and Founding Fathers endured overwhelming challenges, they paused at the end of the year, not to dwell on their hardships or question their future, but rather to give thanks for the blessings they still had.  The blessings that bound Americans then still bind us today – the enduring love of freedom to pursue our own lives and dreams.  Regardless of the crisis we face today or in the future, these blessings can never be taken away from us.

Our blessings take on special meaning during the 2009 Holiday Season.  We have so many things for which to be thankful, and reminders are all around us in our homes, friendships, communities, businesses, and schools.  We must never take for granted the ideals that make us Americans – our love of country, our belief in the American Dream, and our unshakeable faith in America.  These virtues provide us power over painful and trying times, and give Americans the ability to break free of fears and focus on the possibilities of tomorrow.  The more challenging the times, the more unyielding the will of the American people to safeguard our country and make America better for future generations.

May this Holiday Season be a time when you can celebrate the blessings of our great country.  May you lift your eyes to the horizon with the hope and inspiration to see the possibilities of tomorrow.  May you spend time with loved ones, enjoy honored traditions, rekindle old friendships, and share in the happiness and thanksgiving that are so much a part of this season.

 With joyful wishes to you during this Holiday Season and throughout the New Year.