I love reading about and hearing people's military stories. I think other people do, too. That is why I created this website. For people to share their little stories, memories and anecdotes of military service, and allow people from all over to read them and comment.
A little background on me. I joined the Ohio Army National Guard in April 1993. I went to boot camp at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, and Army medic (91B) school at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. My unit was an Air Defense battalion, and I did a variety of things as a medic in that unit supporting the headquarters battery and three line batteries. I was in this unit for nine years and made many friends I still keep in contact with today. For a change of pace, I transferred to the Air National Guard and attended their Personnel Management School at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. In my Air Guard unit I performed all kinds of personnel functions like making dog tags and filing papers. For family reasons, I left the Air Guard just under a year and a half later.
My military experiences have always stuck with me and as many others would say of their own experience, became part of me. I am currently a middle school Social Studies teacher in Ohio, and it is neat to use some of my military stories or knowledge in class to enlighten the kids. My husband Dale and I are active in military events and non-profits. Not only is Dale a retired Army First Sergeant, but he is also our county's director of the Veterans Service Office. I have a step-son and a step-daughter who were in the Army and both went to Iraq, my oldest sister is a Vietnam Veteran, and my mother was in the Navy during the Korean War. I guess you could say I am out of the military, but still within its influence.
In 2012 I started a wonderful adventure as a Guardian for Honor Flight Columbus and as of February 2017 have been on 17 flights. I am proud to offer this website as a place for Honor Flight veterans, Guardians and fans to share their experiences. Pictured above is a photo from the all Purple Heart all Vietnam Veterans flight on October 22, 2016. I am standing with my assigned Veterans from left to right Joe Beightler, Mike Teynor and Ken Bonnell.