I am retired AF Reserve. I commissioned in 1988 to be a Flight Nurse in California, went to Flight School n Texas, met my now ex husband, got married, moved to Spokane.
Transferred to the 40th AES at McChord AFB in Tacoma. Had a baby, in 1990. Desert Storm happened, got activated, left an 8 month old daughter with my husband, and one of his sisters, who flew in from Buffalo, to help him take care of my daughter while I was gone.
There are no words to describe what it was like to hand over your baby to your husband, and go off to war. Our First Sergeant peeled my daughter out of my hands, and handed her over to him.
Got to see a little of Europe while I was there. Got to, "combat shop", all over Europe while I was there. Would not trade the experience for anything.
I survived. We survived. Had baby number 2 after I got back. Just retired from the AFR after 25 years of service.
My dad fought under Patton in WWII. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge under Patton. He was in the infantry. They slept under the Half Track tanks at night. My dad did not like sleeping with his boots on, and would take them off at night. His buddies warned him not to take them off, in case they came under attack at night. He was 19, knew every thing, thought that he was bullet proof, and ignored them.
Well one night, they got attacked. All of the soldiers ran out from under the half track to return fire. As everyone slid out from under the tank, my dad's boots got knocked out from under the tank. He had the common sense, not to stick his head out from under the tank to find his boots, and just side his hand out from under the tank, to feel around to where his boots were. He said that he could feel the bullets hitting the ground, by his fingers, spraying dirt all over the place and all over his hands. They were so hot, they burned his fingers. He said that one bullet fell so close to his hands that he felt the heat of the bullet as it flew past his hand and hit the ground.
He survived, or I would not be here to write this.
He died in 2000. I wish that the government had built the WWII Memorial in Washington DC a few years earlier. I would have loved to take him there to see it.
I did some traveling during Desert Storm, as I was stationed in Germany. Went to the American Cemetery in Luxembourg, and saw Patton's Grave. I took a picture of it, and sent it to my dad.
When the movie,"Patton", came out, my dad had not taken my mom to the movies in YEARS!! When the movie came out, he was the first in line, at the Kings Highway Theater in Brooklyn to see it!!
I got him a copy of the movie, when it came out in tape.
What can I say? I enjoyed my time in the military. Was looking forward to being deployed to Iraq if they needed me. Signed up, but was constantly on profile because of my bad knees, and needing foot surgery.
Would do it again in a NY minute.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN(ret)
Somewhere in the PACNW