Five schools along the East Coast will hear the “If Not Me, Then Who…” call to action in the coming week as Master Sergeant Justin D. Broadwater delivers Character Does Matter programs in South Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. Master Sergeant Broadwater became a Character Does Matter Ambassador in April 2013. The Meyersdale, PA native enlisted in the Army in 1997 when he was a senior in high school. Since joining the Army, he has had assignments all over the country, and was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from July 2006 through July 2007 and also to Kuwait from August 2009 through October 2010. Currently, MSG Broadwater is serving with the 166Th Regional Support Group Operations NCOIC in Puerto Rico.
On Tuesday, November 5th, MSG Broadwater will begin his trip from San Juan, Puerto Rico to his hometown of Meyersdale, PA. Along the way, he will be presenting at five schools to inspire students to accept the challenge to honor the fallen through character, leadership and selfless service to others and their communities. On Wednesday, November 6th, MSG Broadwater will present at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville, SC. The next day, he will visit Center City Public Charter School’s Shaw Campus in Washington, D.C. where he will present to a group of middle school students.
Next week, MSG Broadwater will present at three high schools in Pennsylvania including Rockwood High School, Meyersdale High School and Salisbury-Elk Lick High School. He is hoping more local schools, ROTC units and community organizations will invite him to deliver the Character Does Matter message when they find out that he is back in his hometown.
In just one week, MSG Broadwater will speak to almost 1,500 students, challenging them to adopt the “If Not Me, Then Who…” mindset that our military and fallen heroes serve with. He will encourage the students to be leaders and serve in their communities to carry on the spirit of the men and women who have made the most selfless sacrifice in serving our nation.