Happy Veterans Day to all of our veterans and those who are still serving!
|Night before PLDC graduation - 1996|
I spent almost 10 years in the US Army - I went in right after high school (if you count November 13th, 1991 right out of high school. I had a lot of fun with my friends that summer before I went off to basic training).
|Mom and I the day of my graduation from DLI -1993|
|Me in the field at Fort Hood in November 1997|
I re-enlisted the first chance I could to get out of there. I asked to be sent back to a tactical unit - I asked for Fort Hood, TX. I did my PLDC training there, and I loved it. Though when I first got to the unit the people thought I was crazy to ask to be sent there - but until you have gone from tactical, to strategic - you have no clue! Give me tactical any day over sitting in a box eight hours of the day with no windows!!!!!
|Sitting in a hanger in California waiting for the |
plane to be fixed to leave NTC in February 1998
Please remember those who have served and are currently serving. It takes a special kind of person to put their lives on hold to protect us and our country!!! Don't think about the politics or if war is wrong - just know that these people are regular people who just happen to wear a uniform and are protecting your freedom!
As always - in loving memory of my Grandpa Ralph (World War II, South Pacific), Grandpa Lee (World War II European Theater), Uncle Gerald (World War II, KIA Iwo Jim), and in honor of my dad (Vietnam and retired in 1991) and me 1991-2001.
I salute you all!
Below is the most awesome display in honor of our veterans and active duty service members by the West Virginia University Marching Band and their Armed Forces Salute.