On August 17, almost 62 years ago, Executive Order 10631 - Code of Conduct for Members of the Armed Forces of the United States was prescribed by president Dwight D. Eisenhower. Today, every member of the armed forces of the United States is expected to embody the standards set out in this code, which is an important part of U.S. military doctrine and tradition. The code is an ethics guide and a United States Department of Defense directive consisting of six articles to members of the United States Armed Forces, addressing how they should act in a variety of different situations.
Guthrie anesthesiologist, Dr. Michael Farrell spent 18 years serving under this code in the U.S. Army. One part of his service that resonated with him was the rich culture, history and tradition that came with serving and the sense of unity among those who served together, all things that are bolstered by this executive order.
Dr. Farrell decided to join the army when he was just a child, saying, "I just felt like I always needed to do it." Many people in his family served in the army including his grandfather who served in World War II, his father who served in Vietnam and his uncle who served in Desert Storm. Dr. Farrell remained committed to his childhood plan and enlisted in the army when he was 18 years old.
During his years in the army, which began in 1996, Dr. Farrell held a variety of positions beginning as a combat medic for 6 years. After receiving his medical degree through the health professions scholarship program, Dr. Farrell continued his service including a deployment to a combat hospital in Afghanistan for 8 months in 2012.
Dr. Farrell says he is thankful for his time served in the army and has learned a lot. The culture of the military taught him that no matter who a person is or what their background, we should always be there for one another. This lesson particularly has translated into his current work as an anesthesiologist at Guthrie because each patient he sees, regardless of any other circumstances, is given his all.
Thank you to Dr. Farrell for sharing his experience and for his service to our country.