Anonymous asked: I just wanted to thank you for your service to our country. Men and women like you have sacrificed so much so that people like me don't have to. What made you decide to join the military? How has war affected your life? Can you share a story or two?
Wow, thank you for this. I appreciate it more than you. I decided to join simply to serve. I knew from a young age that I wanted to be in the military, and to be a part of something bigger than myself; there is a sense of extreme pride that I take in being one of many Airman, Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsman. I come from a long line of military veterans, and that also played a little into my decision to join.
I think I’m safe to say that the war has affected a lot of our nation over these long 10+ years. I remember 9/11 like it was yesterday, and I was in second grade when it happened.
Now please understand, I’ve been in for just two short years…with many many more to come. I don’t have deployment stories for you, I have stories that I cannot talk about because of the things that I do, and the job title that I hold and I’m sorry I can’t entertain you with them.
I’ve met wonderful people during the start of my journey including my best friend. I’ve gotten to do things and see things that not a lot of people get to do or see in their lifetime and I’m so completely thankful for that. I’m thankful for the opportunities presented to me every single day I put that uniform on. I’m proud of the work I have accomplished personally and the work that I see the military accomplish on a daily basis. It’s the best decision I’ve made in my young life and to be appreciated for that is both amazing and extremely humbling.
These pictures are almost 2 years old but they still mean the most to me. My grandpa, an Army vet, saluting me after seeing me for the first time during Retreat at BMT and my little sister also with me during Graduation weekend.
Tomorrow is Veterans Day and as I go to work, I will be thankful. I will be thankful for those who have served and for those who have given all in the line of duty. I will be thankful to work amongst my fellow Airman. To continue to fight the fight and protect our Nation.
I’m so proud to be a part of the Military family; past, present and future.
Rough night last night finding out some terrible news of a very respected Airman. Only to end my shift watching news about the shooting at the Navy Yard in DC. Lets just get this work week over with, shall we?
Missing my little sis, who turns 17 today and isn’t so little anymore :(
Cuz I fucking can