By Jane Alexander, Deputy Editor
The last few months have taken a tragic toll on too many “teams,” whether deployed in far-off, war-torn lands or working in operations closer to home. Just how many team members have we lost? How many families have suffered? How many dreams have been quashed? It’s hard to count, isn’t it?
Struck down by bullets, storms, explosions or other horrific events, those who gave their last full measure while striving to do their jobs—whatever they were—are true heroes. As a magazine that spends plenty of ink on the value of effective teamwork, MT salutes each and every one of them. Sadly, that includes noting the indescribable loss of 19 brave members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots team who died battling Arizona’s Yarnell Hill wildfire on Sunday night, June 30, 2013. May their precious souls rest in peace.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends and associates of all who have died in work-related capacities. This month, we ask that you join us in reflecting on and honoring in a meaningful way the memories and contributions of the many heroes who have been taken from our teams way too soon. MT