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    Maj. Otto Padron describes how his Army Reserve leadership role has impacted his career as a senior vice president of the Univision television network. Padron is an infantry officer and ROTC graduate, and was deployed to Iraq for 13 months.

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Maj. Otto Padron: In the Army Reserve, as a battalion executive officer you're in charge of a staff of officers and commissioned officers that are making missions happen. Last year, I was deployed to Iraq. I spent 13 months in combat. Having to trade your suit for an IBA and having to trade your office for a Humvee in the hot city of Mosul was quite an experience.

Alina Falcon: I don't think anyone will say that, you know, being deployed and serving abroad is an easy thing to do. We were very proud of him. He made it clear from the beginning that it was very important to him to continue his service.

Maj. Otto Padron: Univision was incredibly supportive, and I'm eternally grateful to the company for that.

Alina Falcon: We know that he was highly decorated while he was away; he got a promotion while he was away, so obviously he applied himself completely and was recognized for his efforts.

Maj. Otto Padron: Coming back from that of course makes you a much better person. I think it allows you to relate to situations that you wouldn't have been able to relate to before. It allows you some perspective as to what's a priority and what isn't a priority. It was quite a challenge, but more importantly it was an opportunity to really understand your role in both in the Army and at work. I stay in the Army Reserve today because it allows me an opportunity to work and continue to work on the skill that I think is most valuable in my job, which is to be a leader.