As a student of history (especially US military history), I have had a long-time respect for the men and women who serve in our armed forces. In my own family history, my father served in the Army Air Corps during the final days of WWII through 1947, my father-in-law served in the Merchant Marine throughout WWII, and various uncles and cousins have served in the armed forces over the last 50 years.
Now it’s personal.
Airman First Class Jason Adams
My son Jason just completed his Basic Training at Lackland AFB outside of San Antonio, TX. My wife and I were privileged to attend the graduation ceremonies last week, along with his wife Jaime, daughter Lucy, and Jaime’s parents and grandfather.
Jaime’s dad is a retired Air Force Colonel, a pilot now serving as the New Mexico Secretary of Veteran Affairs. Her grandfather is a retired Lt. Colonel who flew in the Air Force from the 50s through the 70s.
As we went through two days of ceremony and I listened to the stories, experienced the traditions, and observed the young men and women who serve, I have a whole new appreciation for our military.
Jason shipped out early Monday morning for the first of several Tech Schools, as he prepares to become a sensor operator for the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program. He passed along a personal memento, which I will carry with me while he is on active duty.
Remember those who serve our country – all will give some, and some will give all.