My best friend always tells me, “Everybody doesn’t think like you, Drae.”
I think it’s because I approach challenges as opportunities. In fact, every day offers opportunities for me to excel. I grew up in the inner city of Dayton, Ohio, where graduating high school was considered an individual’s culminating life event. Not knowing my father, I gravitated to my uncles and teachers as role models, and from them I realized that success is not 100 percent predetermined, nor is it guaranteed. I believed that my environment did not have to dictate my life’s potential. I wanted more, and I knew that in order to succeed I had to map out a plan and couple it with an intense desire to be willing to die trying to achieve it.
With hard work I was able to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduate with a degree in Systems Engineering. I received a commission into the US Army as an Infantry officer and immediately began my career refining my leadership skill set. Over the next fifteen years, I worked throughout the continental US and in fascinating places such as Hawaii, South Korea, Kuwait, and Japan. While conducting combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, I gained a true appreciation of what my country has to offer. I saw firsthand how terrorist organizations oppressed other countries and imposed harsh mandates on the lives of its citizens. I witnessed the efforts of multiple nation-states with language barriers, working together for a common cause. All that I experienced compelled me to try to seize every opportunity to help those less fortunate than I. As a result, I wrote Procedures, Techniques, and Rules I Wish I Learned in School and began helping to house and counsel less-fortunate families.
I will always love our military; I am appreciative that my roots lie in the service of my country. It has been my honor to serve and help those in need. Every soldier knows that one day boots will come off and we must hang up the uniform. I believe that our duty and service does not end, it merely evolves. Life is not a race, rather it’s a journey. To find its purpose is the goal, and I want to help people achieve their purpose and live up to their potential.
Thank you for visiting my website. Please comment and voice your opinions; I look forward to our future dialogue. This will be a great journey!
See you on the high ground,
Andrae T. Ballard
Andrae Ballard is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was commissioned as an Infantry Officer. With nearly fifteen years of military service, he has served at every echelon from platoon through Corps level operations. He is also a part-time faculty member at Central Texas College, teaching in the Mathematics Department. He holds a BS in Systems Engineering from West Point and an MS from Central Michigan University in Human Resources Administration.
Andrae’s most recent assignments include serving as the Aide-de-Camp to the 8th Army Commanding General in Yongsan, Korea, as well as the Public Affairs Officer for the Special Operations Command Korea Commanding General and the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division in Fort Stewart, Georgia. He has been a Brigade Communications Officer for the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division in Camp Hovey, Korea, as well as for the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. His deployments include multiple combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).
Andrae is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College, as well as the United States Army Jumpmaster and Ranger Schools. He is the president of Alexander Graham Properties LLC, an organization that provides resources and consultation to those in need of financial help.
Andrae has spoken throughout the world, helping people to hone their leadership skills and potential and has assisted many, helping them to establish a clear and effective strategy to meet their life goals.