There is generally a long thought process that goes into making a commitment such as commissioning into the military… If you do so through ROTC while in college, there is usually even more time, investment, and hard work that goes into that commitment. It isn’t something you enter into lightly. It isn’t something you do without knowing full well what you are getting yourself into. It is a position of great pride, of honor, and it comes with a great deal of hard work, personal sacrifice, and responsibilities…
There is a lot of military background within my family. My Grandfather, Uncle, Father, Mother, have all served. I did JROTC throughout high school as a military brat, and continued to do ROTC in college. Most all of my friends from high school and beyond are linked to the military either by serving themselves, or by being “married to the military” like me… My husband is active duty. And his family background is much the same as my own.
So it is with a lot of pride that I was able to attend my brother’s (in-law, but I so don’t think of it that way) commissioning ceremony. Last week he graduated from college and this week, he is an active duty officer in the Air Force! Seriously, that rocks! My husband (his brother) swore him in, Dad (retired military) gave him his first salute, and Mom took part in pinning on his rank, and I will confess, I teared up… Why? Because what he is doing is amazing, and his family being there for him on this momentous day was so touching, and I feel truly blessed to be a part of this family!
I think I can say without question how proud of you we all are – Congratulations Dom, you have an exciting journey ahead and I with you the BEST!
Dominique (on right) and his brother (on left).
This is week 16 of my 52 Project – see more 52 Project Posts here!