When one walks into Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2702, it is quickly evident that this is not your grandpa’s VFW.
In 1976 Bruce Cline was a young husband and soon-to-be father, living in Kentucky without job prospects. That’s when he decided to join the Army. That one decision set a course for the rest of his life.
Their names are Lori, Jacob, Nathan, Owen, Jim, Debbie and Mindy. They live in Madison and Decatur, and they’re the immediate family of fallen warrior Brian Woeber, who died in a 2017 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash in the Pacific Ocean.
More than 20 years after he mentored young troops as an Army drill sergeant at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Floyd Smith leads a team at the installation’s Fleet Maintenance Expansion site. The site is part of Aviation and Missile Command’s Aviation Center Logistics Command.
When Army veteran Darrin Johnson reminisces on his military service, family, friends and leaders top his list of favorite memories.
Michael Parker was determined to follow in his father’s footsteps. His father had served during World War II as a bombardier, a radar operator and navigator on B52s. But he says he ultimately joined the Army because the Air Force didn’t want him.
Joining the Army in 1980 was not the most popular decision for a young man in the post-Vietnam era, according to Will Quinn, the Aviation and Missile Command’s operational safety chief – but that is precisely what Quinn wanted, so he raised his right hand and swore the oath.