“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 […]
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 […]
“Hardship tours” and “deployments” are never words an Army wife wants to hear. However, these are words that I have heard for the last fifteen years. During this time, we have seen three Korean hardships tours – each one was a yearlong – in addition to one 12-month deployment, one 13-month deployment and one 15-month […]
Separation: Our marriage and relationship has endured numerous separations due the PCS’s and deployments over the last 12 years of my career. Betty and I married in November 2001 and, shortly after, we encountered our first separation when I went to Korea. Once arriving here at Fort Gordon in the spring of 2003, my unit […]
Sometimes the journey through service brings meaning at a point it is least expected. For SGT Jeremiah Cumbee, being a service member was integral to his existence and he hadn’t considered any other path until the vehicle he was traveling in was hit by an IED. SGT Jeremiah Cumbee was brought to Fort Gordon with […]