"All that they can be"
By Mark Neckameyer
February 22, 2006
Brian Williams (right)
is presented his promotion.
My children have given me many reasons to be proud; all
four earned college degrees, earn good livings and each
of them works in charity and civic projects, mostly "pro
bono" ... For free on their own time.. For example
one daughter works with autistic children, teaching them to speak.
My daughter's husband is a marine biologist who regularly risks
his life diving to study and learn how we can better protect
our endangered coastal environment, My son, an attorney,
instructs care homes and convalescent hospitals in how to ensure
compliance with state and federal regulations and my youngest,
a recent college grad, is already active in the Junior Chamber
of Commerce. I am so proud of all of them but not
more proud than I am of my grandson in the Army, Brian Williams.
Brian joined the Army right out of high school. He
could have continued directly on to college but he wanted to
fight to keep our nation free. He said
enlisting was something he "had to do". That
was four years ago. Brian served as a "mortarman"
in Afghanistan right in the midst of the fight against the Taliban.
A year or so ago you printed
a letter from Brian detailing how he had earned a Bronze
Star singlehandidly fighting off Taliban troops who had pinned
down a group of American soldiers including Brian's commanding
officer. Last month Brian's enlistment was complete.
He had earned enough college credit in Police Science while in
service that together with his valiant service record, he could
have gone to work for just about any police department in the
country getting a big raise over his Army pay with a "GI
Bill" available to support him through the final two years
Last week Brian told us he was staying in the Army until the
job in Afghanistan and Iraq has been completed. His mother
and many others in our family were sad and we are a little
freighted for him but we think we understand how he feels.
The Army recently promoted him to Sergeant and he is seriously
being considered for Officer Candidate School where he would
earn a commission and learn to train other young men how to become
"all that they can be". I have attached a picture
of Brian receiving his promotion to Sergeant. He is now
in Ft Irwin perfecting his desert warfare skills preparing to
go back to Iraq,
Brian Williams is all of 22 years old. How does America
rate to have brave, intelligent, responsible young men like this
to protect us and preserve our free way of life? I know,
I sound like a proud Grandpa but I can't help but think that
God does bless America!
Irvine, California - USA
(But soon Alaska in the Sunmmertimes!)
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