Saturday Spotlight – Mike Palmer

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Chapter: Southeast/Birmingham

Member Since: July 2017

Motto: “Work for cause, not applause.”

Why Did You Join Team RWB?

“My son and I rode bikes with our local chapter last summer. The camaraderie and positivity was amazing. I knew that day that I wanted to be a part of Team RWB. I knew that I could gain so much from being a part of this special group of people. I also felt compelled to give back, and Team RWB provides me with that opportunity as well.”

What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?

“Last Veteran’s Day, I was able to take my weekly bike ride to the local Air National Guard base and give them a tour of a KC-135R Stratotanker. I have several veterans that participate in my group ride, but the majority of riders are civilians that had never even stepped foot on a military installation. Watching them tour the jet and get a glimpse of what today’s war fighters do was extremely rewarding.”

How do you serve your community?

“I serve as an Athletic Director in my local chapter. I lead a weekly social bike ride around downtown Birmingham, and a weekly ‘heart-healthy’ walk around UAB Hospital for employees and guests. I also participate in our volunteer activities such as manning water stations and cheer stations for local events.”

What Inspires You?

“My entire family is my greatest inspiration. My grandfather, father, and sister have all retired from the Air Force and Air National Guard. My wife currently serves in the Air National Guard. My mother has been the steadfast support we can all rely on every time her home is emptied due to service requirements. Every time, I sit back and consider how much my family has given to their fellow countrymen I’m overwhelmed with pride.”

How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?

“Team RWB has given me focus for my leisure activities. Planning events and participating in Team RWB activities is the most rewarding “hobby” I’ve had. Knowing that my participation might positively affect another gives me motivation to keep coming back & serve in the greatest capacity I can. Being an Athletic Director gives me the opportunity to grow my leadership skills and hone my time management abilities.”

What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?

“It pays to join… Not only is it free, the friendships and experiences that come with joining Team RWB are priceless. The physical fitness aspect of Team RWB is not only physically beneficial, it leads to a better mental well-being. If you’re separated from the military, Team RWB can fill a social void unlike most other civilian organizations.”