(That's me, top center, right)
What seems like a lifetime ago, I walked the high-waxed floors of the great halls of Kessler AFB in Mississippi. I was one of two women in my radio communications class there. We were surrounded by men, in fact the ratio was 9:1 since the Navy SEAL's training base was also nearby.
I was single but my co-worker was engaged and it didn't take me long, by witnessing the heartache of the other, often sobbing, female soldiers in my dormitory, that to stay safe...dating was a bad idea.
To this day, I'm so glad I kept that policy, because after declining so many requests for a night out, my buddies became my brothers.
They looked out for me. They walked me home in the dark and danced with me at the club. I was their sister and steered them clear of bad choices as they did me.
This was before the age of the internet and this was before the war of Desert Storm...I'm dating myself. I wish we'd kept in touch; the brothers and I. I miss them. I wish I knew what happened to all of them as our country went to war and beyond. Instead, we were all separated after tech school and went on our own paths. I went on to Kelly AFB, TX, and served at the MARS Station passing information from one source to the next and monitored the local HAM Radio Station.
I'm sure considering the events that followed, some did not make it. I'd rather not know now...who among them is missing. I'd rather remember their antics in class, and on the dance floor as young men without a care in the world, at their prime.
To honor them and every Veteran, make sure you take this day to thank one!
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