Branch(s) of Service: U.S. Air Force & Air Force ReserveRank: Master Sgt
Meritorious Service Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Air Force Achievement Medal; Meritorious Unit Award; AF Outstanding Unit Award; Air Force Good Conduct Medal; Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Air Force Longevity Service; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon; Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle); AF Training Ribbon
Right after high school, our son, Greg, felt strongly about serving his country and realized not many were joining the armed services. He talked to an Air Force recruiter, brought the information home, and was so eager to join. His father, Jon, and I encouraged him, and soon he was off to Lackland.
Working in vehicle operations, Greg was able to make staff sergeant within his first four years. In 2004, he was sent on one of three tours of duty in Iraq with the 2632nd Gun Truck Company, working under U.S. Army command.
Greg’s company was the lead group for ground force convoys. This was an exceptional cross-training experience on the front lines and was necessary in order to supplement troop strength.
His father and I waited anxiously for each e-mail that he was able to send. Since he could only use the company computer on a limited basis, we heard from him very infrequently.
So at Christmas time, we mailed a laptop to Iraq for his gift. He was elated and then we got e-mails from him as often as he was able to send them.
Greg spent many Christmases out of the country, and we were determined that he not miss the excitement of opening presents together.
So we often mailed care packages to him and his unit members. One Christmas we boxed up gifts for almost 12 young men. Greg told me recently, “Mom, when you and Dad sent me and all the guys presents in 2007, it was amazing; they still talk about it.“ Good down time.
When he was stationed at Hill AFB in 2005, Greg’s first child, Preston, was born. Meanwhile, Greg was quickly rising in rank and received his tech sergeant stripes by 2007.
When he was only 29 years old, he had become master sergeant, an almost unprecedented feat for that age and rank.
In 2011, Greg met Hanna, and they have been together ever since. Their son, Corbin was born in 2012.
Greg has always been an exceptionally hard worker and has enjoyed serving his country. Currently, he is employed full time by Kingman Turquoise. He also meets his Reserve obligations three days a month at Luke AFB in Phoenix and goes on temporary duty assignment overseas for three weeks every year. He is now superintendent, 944th Vehicle Operations, and plans on retiring from the military in the next couple of years.
Greg’s family is extremely proud of him and we are so pleased to be able to let the world know how truly special he is.