My little cousin − Mark-Anthony − was creative while growing up. When he told our family he was leaving for the Marines we were all a little shocked. I personally didn’t see him going in that direction. But he did. He went, he saw, and he conquered!
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.
MSG Doney has made the transition from Finger Lakes, upstate New York, to Augusta, Georgia, with a few detours along the way. Currently the Senior Retention Operations Non-Commissioned Officer at Fort Gordon, Doney started out in a most unlikely career field prior to enlisting with the Army—as a dog groomer and kennel master in California. […]
“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.
Not all life experiences are good ones – we all know this. But not all of us look for opportunities to make things worse. PFC Gary William Cummings Jr. has built his career while hitting rough patches and yet he has kept going. The 31 year old from Louisville, Kentucky admits he hasn’t made life […]