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Army, Navy, and now Air Force: The Military View column

Jerry Hogan

By Heath resident Jerry Hogan, U.S. Army Lt. Col. (retired). Charlotte Eaton, granddaughter of Elaine Eubanks of Rockwall, Texas, grew up in Kilgore, Texas and graduated from Sabine High School in June of 1999. As discussed a lot in past articles about other young men and women from our area, Charlotte thought about enlisting in one of the services after graduating but instead decided to take the path of least resistance and go on to college since that’s what most of her friends were doing.

So it was enrollment in college in an Accounting program and at the same time, she got a job in a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firm to earn her way through school. However, she found that the longer she worked at the CPA firm, the less she found herself going to school. So in 2007, after going to school and working for seven years, Charlotte decided it was time to do something for her country. Her Dad was in Iraq as a Navy Seabee (naval construction organization) with over twenty years of service and her brother had enlisted in the US Army in 2002 and had already served two tours in Iraq. So since she had one relative in the Army and one in the Navy, she enlisted in the US Air Force. Now the family had the elements of all the services except the Marines. (Charlotte said they were going to try to get her grandmother Elaine to fill that position, but no success.)

After going through various training courses, she was assigned to Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where she is in a Computer Networking and Switching position. As she says about the Air Force, “I love it so far but it’s not for everyone. There are plenty of opportunities when enlisting and anyone who is thinking along those lines should ask as many questions as they can. I haven’t decided if I want to stay in the Air Force or not, but until I do I’ll continue to finish that degree I started ten years ago. That will give me the option of getting out and going back to a CPA job, or maybe going on to Officer Candidate School.

I have really enjoyed my service and the worst thing that has happened is my wishing that I had enlisted sooner in life. I’m older than others my rank, but once I get to my duty station it does not become a problem. I am just glad that I am now serving my country.”

So here is another short story about a young woman who enlisted in the Air Force and has found satisfaction in her life. Aren’t you glad there are people like her who will join the military and help protect our freedoms and our way of life? Please tell all of them “Thanks for your service.”

Jerry Hogan is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel who volunteers to write these articles. He can be reached at jerryhogan@sbcglobal.net or 214-394-4033

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