COLLIER COUNTY, FL - "I think it's a great experience to see someone who has been through a lot of experiences."
Hector Rojas had a front row seat Tuesday morning, as retired four-star Army General, Barry McCaffrey, shared his insight on leadership, life, and serving ones country.
"25 years ago every family had veterans so I think there's probably some value in having them exposed to America's veterans," said General McCaffrey.
Since retiring from the Army, General McCaffrey travels around the world speaking with students.
"Talking to kids who are in high school, is talking about their future in a very short period of time, and talking not nationally, but here in Naples, so when you see that much enthusiasm and self discipline," said the General.
Students like Rojas, a senior at Lely High School, and a member of the school's Junior ROTC program. He said the decision to join the program changed his life.
"JROTC helps you calm that bad spirit down and helps you solidify yourself in the right necessities for life and the responsibilities that truly matter," said Rojas.
"The Junior ROTC kids volunteered for the program, girls and boys both committed to their future and that of their country," said General McCaffrey.
And General McCaffrey said he believes strongly in their future.
"I've told the business community, this is the best generation we've ever had, they're remarkable. You have to deal with them differently, you have to explain why you want them to do things, but they're just a terrific generation of Americans, that's why I'm here," said General McCaffrey.
At the time of his retirement, General McCaffrey was the youngest general in the Army. His last command was as Commandant of SOUTHCOM, the command responsible for U.S. military activities in Central and South America. He has been awarded the Purple Heart three times and the Silver Star twice, all during his time in Vietnam.