CSM Sa’eed Mustafa, (formerly known as Tyrone Foster-King of Highland Falls New York) Command Sergeant Major, US Army Retired is an author and public speaker. He was the keynote speaker for the Veterans In Pfizer & The Global Black Community’s National Buffalo Soldiers day 2021 celebration. His book, Resilient Transition was published on Amazon September 11th 2021. It is about effectively managing feelings of stress and anxiety. He is a combat veteran and two time bronze star recipient, who served in the Persian Gulf War, Somalia, and Two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He entered the Army in May 1984 in Albany New York. He served over 30 years in the military and retired from active duty on October 8th 2014 in front of family and friends at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.
Since his retirement he has been elected as the first African American councilman in the history of the Town of Highlands. He has worked tirelessly as an advocate for veterans, first responders and their families. He planned, organized, resourced and hosted 5 consecutive annual Veterans Resiliency Awards Gala’s in the Hudson Valley New York region. He was selected as a 2020 New York State Veteran Hall of Fame Inductee by New York State Senator James Skoufis.
Throughout my 30 year military career I served around the world side by side with bonafide American Hero’s. I’ve also served with some incredible human beings from many other countries. Once I finally retired I knew there was a book inside me waiting to come out. The inspiration and sense of urgency came once I spoke to my battle buddy and close friend, Sergeant Major US Army Retired Keith L. Craig, during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic. He had just published his book, Serving To Lead, and dedicated it to essential workers, like his brother David Dock, and my two daughters Halima and Ameera. He and I had a conversation about how similar the fight against the virus was in comparison to many battles we were in during our days in the military; and how similarly folks who were on the frontline risking their lives were the hero’s. I decided on that day I needed to complete my book, and not just for military members dealing with stress an anxiety during their transition to civilian life; but also for the first responders and essential workers who were under an enormous amount of stress. My heart goes out to all of you who have endured so many sacrifices. I hope you will get my book, Resilient Transition, on Amazon today. You will find that my methods of combating the feelings of stress and anxiety through the use of music, meditation and positive mindset may be very helpful to you and your loved ones during these difficult times.