As a young child I remember seeing my two eldest brothers, Sol and Big Ed in their military dress uniforms. Inspired by my big brothers, who had served in the Army during the Vietnam War, I decided to continue the Prophett legacy of military service. I enlisted the Ohio National Guard as a private in the first of the 147th Infantry Battalion. I was so taken by the Army‘s culture of service, and a desire for greater opportunity, that I sought become a commissioned officer. I applied to Army’s Simultaneous Membership Program or SMP. As a SMP I would learn how to become an army officer by enrolling in the Reserve Officers Training Corp or ROTC, while at the same time I would get particle leadership experience as a cadet in the National Guard. This meant that I had to continue my academic life at UC. In June of 1984 I, was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army
The 32 years that I spent in the army were the most transformative of my life. I have held many positions, such as an adjunct instructor for the ROTC Marauder Battalion at Central State University. In 2011, I was deployed overseas and served as the Deputy Director of Plans, and Military and Civilian Affairs for the United States Army Central. I have firsthand experience in the collective and collaborative decision making that is required to achieve our nations’ strategic and operational goals. My year-long overseas deployment in a combat zone was taxing, stressful, yet enlightening. Nevertheless, to my wife Sonya, I love you, thanks for caring for our daughters. And to all military families that hold it down, I thank you for your sacrifice. When I returned home from War, I was more focused and more dedicated to making the fire department and our city better.