Thursday, June 11, 2009

Winding down: No longer a Red Falcon

The battalion commander awarded Mark an Army Commendation Medal and gave him a great send off today. Battalion SGT Major also had some kind words. He received a couple of coins, which are a big deal in the Army. His leave papers are signed and tomorrow he stops by finance for his final out-processing and he heads home a civilian. For the first time in many years, he is no longer a Red Falcon.

Tonight, his friends are taking him out for a celebration, one tinged with mixed emotions and a little sadness. Men in combat experience a camaraderie that we can never understand. God bless them all.


ABNPOPPA said...

Oh wise one, I differ with you on one point. Sgt Mark may be a civilian but in his heart and mind he will always be an 82nd AIRBORNE, Red Falcon. Like you say, young men in combat are always linked together forever.


MightyMom said...

"every new beginning is some beginning's end"

on to the next great adventure!


Airborne dad said...

You're right, Pops. Mark says that once you are a paratrooper, you are always a paratrooper.

Thanks, MM.