The Gates Commission was the deciding factor in removing the draft from the Army recruitment process. Gates was quoted as saying “The cost of an all-volunteer force was “a necessary price of defending our peace and security [and that conscription was] . . . intolerable when there is an alternative consistent with our basic national […]
What does a native of Mississippi do when faced with a challenge? Rise to the top, of course! That’s just what Command Sergeant Major (retired) Thomas R. Brooks—born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi—did after he enlisted in the Army in August 1967. One of six sons, Thomas Brooks was the only one of the brothers to make […]
The Golden Order of Mercury is awarded to any Signal Soldier who has died while deployed to or as a direct result of injuries or illness sustained in a Global War on Terror (GWOT) Theater. Two days after Christmas, 2013, Brian Addis – the current 2-377th PFAR S6 NCOIC – boarded a plane to Omaha, Nebraska, with the Golden Order of Mercury in hand.
A few things about CSM Herbert E. Parrish (RET.) to keep in mind while you are reading his story: Parrish became a Command Sergeant Major at the age of 37; his family mean the world to him – he takes his responsibilities as provider very seriously; he probably doesn’t even realize quite what a fantastic role model he is; not only to his family, but to others whose lives have been touched by this very funny and charming man.
“Son; you won’t last two years in the military.” My father desired for me to attend college so my younger brother and sister would follow in my footsteps, but the lure of travel and freedom was too great. This is just one of many times that I would be told that I shouldn’t, couldn’t, or wouldn’t be able to do something.
Our military has been instrumental in defeating tyrants and tyranny in world conflicts, and continues to be a deterrent to countries and regimes, which threaten the freedom and liberty of people all over the world. Those who gave their lives in defense of these principles deserve to be honored, and they should never be forgotten.
Years of Service: 1942-1946 in the Navy, 1948-1964 in the Air Force Worked as cryptographer, electrical engineer, and pilot of Air Force One Deward Norman has lived a very interesting life. He has had experiences of extraordinary proportions, seen from a standpoint very few are privileged to view. He traveled the world, knew several languages […]