22 – Sgt. Staggs
As I am
writing this, Nicki and I are in
learned what it is to be attached to a Military Police Company and the work they
go through on a daily basis. We learned how well the Army National Guard and Air
National Guard can work together in all of their assorted jobs. And we learned
how hot a Humvee gets inside when driven several hundred miles cross country.
learned how good you feel when you help another human being when they need it
most. We went to
normal citizens who took time away from their jobs and their lives to help
people they had never met. When problems were not being addressed quickly
enough, volunteers took up the issue and found the answers anyway they could.
These people were the true heroes of the moment.
But mostly, we were reminded that this is why we signed up to serve. The chance to help our fellow Americans when they need it and need us made us feel that we were doing something truly worthwhile… a feeling we hope that every American gets to have at least once. It’s worth every second in a hot Humvee to be able to help just one person who needs it… and I wouldn’t trade that learning experience for the world.
24 – Spc. Fellenzer
deployment has been a harrowing emotional and learning experience.
We have met stellar Citizen Soldiers, who left their families, jobs and
lives on less than a day’s notice to help their fellow Americans after a
devastating storm wreaked havoc with their lives.
met Americans who have lost everything they own, who have lost their families,
who have been separated from their loved ones and who have had to rely on the
kindness of their fellow Americans for their most basic needs.
met dedicated law enforcement and emergency workers in
have realized what having National Guard Soldiers provide a sense of security
and safety means to ordinary American citizens who have little more than faith
and hope to cling to as they begin to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of
two devastating hurricanes.
seen the death and devastation first hand in
seen families torn apart made me understand the importance of being prepared for
spoken with victims, who have lost everything they owned in this awesome storm,
has made me realize the importance of non-material values.
having worked with the 229th Military Police Company and the 192nd
Security Forces Squadron and having seen the gratitude on the faces of those our
Soldiers have helped, has given me a new respect for my fellow National
Guardsmen, who answered the call of duty and the cries of their fellow Americans
in one of the worst national crises we have ever faced.