I guess this makes me a "Lifer"
Born in a military hospital in the U.S Occupied Zone of Germany. Father was a career Corps of Engineer officer who had two
combat tours in Viet Nam. Crosssed the Atlantic on a troop ship when I was 5 years old. At 10, decided I wanted to go to West Point.
Left home at 17 when I found out my mother was a civilian, and entered the United States Military Academy 7 July 1976. :usa
Commissioned Armor, but Airborne and Ranger qualified.
2/12 Cav, 1st Cav Division
2/68 Armor, 2nd Bde, 8th Infantry Division
Alpha Co, 1-67th Armor, 2nd Armor Div
Joint Elelctronic Warfare Center, Kelly AFB
various Pentagon jobs
Germany, the UK, Bosnia, Croatia, Korea, Macedonia, Kosovo
Retired from Fort Monroe, Virginia in 2003.
I didn't love every minute of it, but it was still the best job in the world. Where else could you get paid to live around the world, have them ship your motorcycle for you, and give you 30 days off every year? Oh, and pay you to operate the most awesome piece of machinery on the face of this planet?
God bless America and especially the families of those who serve. It is they who pay the highest price of all.