History alumnus profile

Lt. Philip Kaminsky graduated from Bethany in 2012 and is currently serving as an Infantry Officer of the United States Army in Fort Benning, Georgia.

WHAT YOU DO • • • I am currently in a 16-week training program called Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course (IBOLC)  where I am learning to be an infantry officer. Following this course I will attend pre-ranger and ranger school to further my leadership skills. If all goes as planned, I will be returning to Mankato at the end of April 2013 and serving in the Minnesota National Guard.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU • • • I am inspired to be an Army Infantry officer because I love to lead soldiers and I enjoy a good challenge. The Army Officer Corps gives me an excellent opportunity to do both of these things all while serving my country and defending the freedoms that we all enjoy.

HOW YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE • • • After I finish my training, I would like to go back to school and eventually teach at the college level. I hope to bring some acquired knowledge and experience to the classroom and inspire the next generation to achieve their goals.

HOW BETHANY HAS PREPARED YOU • • • In addition to a great education, Bethany helped teach me the value of all human life and a respect for the dignity of people. In a military culture where the objective of your work is to defeat and sometimes elminate the enemy, it is very important to have a strong moral compass and respect for life. I believe that Bethany provided me with both.

WHAT YOU REMEMBER MOST • • • Daniel Ruiz, Dave Covell, Tom Flunker, Dean Manthe, Vicki, etc. In other words, I remember the people. People who I know I can count on when life gets rough.

ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS • • • Be your best self.