By Staff Sgt. Tina Villalobos
| 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment | Aug. 29, 2018
U.S. Army Reserve, Chief Warrant Officer 2, Jordan Lamoreaux, Intelligence Deputy Officer in Charge, Regional Cyber Center, Southwest Asia, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, hones his bagpipe skills as a source of resiliency and comfort. As a U.S. Army Master Resiliency Instructor, Lamoreaux suggests that soldiers make a conscious effort to build resiliency into deployments. (Photo by Courtesy Photo)
Back home, he works as a managing director for the cyber security branch at Charles Schwab. He came to the job well-qualified, having earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science, as well as a master’s degree in science from Western Governor’s College.
“My education has definitely helped me in both my military and civilian careers,” said Lamoreaux. “If you want to progress with your peers, there’s a certain level of expectation, respect and prestige that comes with it.”
Lamoreaux encourages his fellow Soldiers to use the benefits they’ve earned in order to improve their opportunities.
“I’m always going to exploit every resource and benefit I have earned in the military. The Army Reserve completely paid for my both of my degrees,” said Lamoreaux.
As a U.S. Army Master Resiliency Instructor, Lamoreaux suggests that Soldiers make a conscious effort to build resiliency into deployments. Emotions and anxiety can run high in a deployed environment. Missing loved ones, unexpected news from home, being at the mercy of others to handle certain important affairs while away, or simply acclimating to a new environment can all be sources of stress and can challenge Soldier resiliency.
According to Lamoreaux, it’s easy to obsess with things back home that you have no control over, especially if you don’t have any hobbies, educational endeavors, fitness pursuits, or enough social interaction.
As a self-proclaimed "geek," with a Horde tattoo from the game World of Warcraft—Lamoreaux understands the lure of video games, but stresses the importance of a balance of socialization and engaging in actual hobbies to develop well-rounded, resilient soldiers.
“For me, if I am going to be away from my family, I want to make sure I come back a better person—whether that means fitness, education, or whatever,” said Lamoreaux. “I have a saying, ‘Never put off until tomorrow a goal that you can accomplish today.’ It’s my motto. I exploit every opportunity and make a trajectory forward.”
However, the absence of his wife’s loving arms; the company of his teenage son; the laughter of a toddler; and anticipating a newborn due in August cuts into the fabric of his soul. His bagpipes provide respite and remind him to stay mission focused and resilient.
“I posted on the Camp Arifjan Facebook site as a volunteer to help people who are interested in learning to play bagpipes. While I’m here, I would be happy to teach other soldiers,” said Lamoreaux. “I am usually pretty easy to spot. Don’t be shy! You might miss out on learning something you’ll really enjoy! But, if bagpipes aren’t your thing—try to find something that brings you happiness and recharges your batteries!” said Lamoreaux. “Resilient soldiers are important to our mission successes.”