I’m a patriotic person, a proud American. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes certain events to show that we’re all one. Our unity is often suppressed until a crystallizing moment like 9/11, the Boston Marathon Bombing or when our liberties are being heavily imposed on. It’s in those moments that the best of us rise to defend our country.
Joining the military provides a focused sense of purpose. It gives you a chance to represent something that’s bigger than yourself. You represent something massive…the entire United States. It’s like joining the ultimate super team and striving to be the best of the best on the largest platform one can imagine.
Many civilians envy you because you did something that requires great fortitude. A lot of people don’t have the courage to pursue those type of ambitions.
I want you to know you’re sincerely appreciated. The sacrifice you chose to make particularly during deployments is both notable and commendable. Whatever civilians contributed to the effort stateside pales in comparison to the sacrifice you made in choosing to serve the United States. Thank you.
Maurice D. (Engineer, age 27)
To my military brothers, sisters and your families,
I am honored to be a part of this great fraternity. We have a special bond that will last forever.
To those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, you remain forever in our hearts…
I joined the US Marine Corps in 1975 right after graduating high school thanks to my father who signed my enlistment papers as my mother would not. I began serving at 17 and I was fortunate to see the world during my three years of active duty. When it came time to re-enlist I wanted to be stationed anywhere in California. I was a Jersey boy and I’d had enough of winters. Needless to say my request was denied so I decided to get out. I landed a job with the US Postal Service and life was good. But something was missing and that something was the military.
After a long break in service I joined the US Air Force Reserves (USAFR) in 1999 in the career field I always wanted – Health Services Management. I have always been driven to make the best of situations no matter where I was stationed but my favorite mission was a deployment to the Dominican Republic as a member of the US Air Force medical readiness team in 2006. During this humanitarian joint force mission team, which treated over 16, 000 patients in a one month period, I was responsible for the triage of 600-1,000 patients daily. This mission was one of the most humbling experiences for me. Being surrounded by poverty and sickness makes one realize that we truly have a lot to be thankful for.
I have 17 years of USAFR service and counting. My current goal is to retire at the highest enlisted rank – Chief Master Sergeant E9
There is just something about this military fraternity. I love being a part of it. To me serving this great country is an honor that I am very proud of.
“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. “ John F. Kennedy
M. Davis Jr. (SMSgt Davis E8 USAFR)