I know how special it is to enlist in the military. I enlisted in the U.S. Army on December 23, 1986, one week after I turned 17. There was a group of about 15 of us who enlisted together, including my twin brother. I was excited to enlist because I wanted to serve our country and gain the life experiences available through the military. Where else can you ride in a tank, shoot fully automatic weapons and throw grenades? The first time I flew on an airplane is when I flew to training at Fort Dix in New Jersey.
I spend months organizing a military signing event at Jefferson High School. I send parents a personal invite to this important and fun family event. I want parents to get the chance to take pictures of their kids before they travel the world. Most parents can't make it to the official swearing-in ceremony at the United States Military Entrance Processing Command in Madison or Chicago. But they have the chance and time to take pictures of their children at Jefferson.
Jefferson hosted this year's military signing event on May 7. Seventeen students participated in a mock signing to signify their commitment to join the armed forces. The students were excited to be recognized for their decisions. All the students involved are enlisted in the military or in the process to enter the military. Some of the students even finished their Basic Combat Training during the summer between their sophomore and senior years.
After the event, I send the military parents a thank you note and printed pictures to have as keepsakes. This is important because I have so few pictures of when I was in the Army (I think only two), and I don't want them in the same position in the future.
Congratulations to the students who participated in the signing ceremony:
Marines: Thomas Bunting, Grasyn Nies
Army (Active or Reserves): Lesley Correa-Martinez, Blake Edwards, Zachary Futrell, Arisbeth Guzman, Omar Magana, Donovan Petty, Robert Swanson, Doke Too
National Guard: Isabell Avila, Angela Aguilera, Vanessa Gates, Brandon Pruitt
Air Force: Jill Axelsson, Mipsy Vera-Oliva
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