In Memory of the Chattanooga Fallen Five

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July 16th marks the 6th anniversary of the deadly shooting at the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A homegrown violent extremist killed four U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy Sailor that morning: Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, Lance Cpl. Squire Wells, and U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith all lost their lives. We know many of us still think about them every single day.

At the time of the shooting, host Mike Abrams was just finishing up research on veteran employment that was published by the Center for Talent Innovation. The publisher asked that Mike write an afterword about the terrorist attack to complement the research, given that he was the battery commander of the unit and went down there after the shooting occurred.

This week, Mike shares the afterword in remembrance of the Chattanooga Fallen Five.


Welcome to the FourBlock Podcast, a show that examines veteran career transition and the military-civilian divide in the workplace. General Charles Krulak coined the term “Three Block War” to describe the nature of 21st-century military service defined by peace-keeping, humanitarian aid, and full combat. But what happens next? Veterans are often unprepared to return home and begin new careers. We call this the Fourth Block.

FourBlock is a national non-profit that has supported thousands of transitioning service members across the nation in beginning new and meaningful careers.

Mike Abrams (@fourblock) is an Afghanistan veteran, FourBlock founder, and author of two military transition books. He’ll be representing the military transition perspective. Lindsey Pollak (@lindsaypollak) is a career and workplace expert and New York Times bestselling author of three career advice books. Lindsey will be representing the civilian perspective of this issue.

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