2nd Lt. G and 1st Lt J shown years ago on a camping trip with our scout troop – a wilderness survival weekend. J is in the BDU gettin’ ready to chomp on a craw fish. G is his sidekick . . . . it was yesterday.
Today G is a Mechanical Engineer in the AF working on A10s and F16s. I attended his commissioning a number off months ago. He took my Defensive Pistol I class. Spent months in the wilderness over his scouting years with him. Damn, time flys.
J – the fellow in the BDU was in town tonight. I promised I’d buy him a beer when he got home, he’s been about 250 miles SW of Kabul for the past year. I’ve been worried, love him like a son. We chatted via facebook while he was deployed. Reminded him to keep his head in the game. He did a good job with his guys – made a difference with the locals?? Who knows. They came home three short. What can you say? I know the hole that leaves, the doubts it leaves . . . .
We all want it better for those that come after . . . sometimes you settle for just getting them back . . . .
Welcome home J, good to see you . . . .
Our country is in very good hands.