In today’s episode, Rick and Sam are joined by Lieutenant Colonel Erik Archer to discuss the role of the military in American society. Lt. Col. Archer shares his thoughts on identity beyond the military uniform, duty to community and country as a citizen and neighbor, and attributes and competencies of leadership, including stewardship. 

Lieutenant Colonel Erik Archer spent 20 years in the Army as a Military Police officer. He deployed twice to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. He led platoon and company level formations while serving as the operations officer and executive officer for the most decorated MP battalion in the Army, the 716th MP Battalion.

His experience has been diverse; he served as a platoon leader and company commander but also as the Chief of Police for Fort Carson and the officer in charge of a forensics lab in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

Before becoming the director of the Military Science Department at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Viterbo University and Winona State University, he served on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon in the National Military Command Center where he briefed senior military and civilian leaders and also developed national level operational plans.

Col. Archer uses his role as a tribal elder in the Army to teach the next generation of Army leaders. He is married to his college sweetheart and together they have three vibrant kiddos. He will retire this coming fall and will start life – phase 2.

Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University. 

Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from A Ballad of the West.