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Jerry and an Army Shot

An Army Shot, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

We’ve passed the place several times in our travels through Arizona, frequently saying as we traveled that we needed to stop. A couple of weeks ago we finally pulled in to take pictures of the two large guns at the US Army Proving Grounds–just a few miles outside of Yuma.

In Jerry’s Junior and Senior year at college he joined the ROTC, taking 60 units in Military Science; during his senior year he spent 6 weeks in active training at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. With only a slight difference, it was this type DSC_0002of weapon that he learned to operate during that time. So, of course, he was interested in taking a look, and of course, I was interested in the photography angle.

Jerry didn’t pursue a career with the military as many of you know; he resigned his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant, and instead entered the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Although I appreciate our military personnel, and honor and respect their service to our country, I must say I’m glad Jerry’s calling in life led him to be a preacher and not a soldier in the US Army. He’s a soldier all right–a soldier in the army of the Lord.

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A Silver Star for Monica Lin Brown

To Monica Lin Brown, I add my congratulations on your receiving the Silver Star. I honor you and thank you for outstanding service to your fellows and, thereby, to me, and to our entire country, the United States of America.

CAMP SALERNO, Afghanistan — A 19-year-old medic from Texas will become the first woman in Afghanistan and only the second female soldier since World War II to receive the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest medal for valor.

Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown saved the lives of fellow soldiers after a roadside bomb tore through a convoy of Humvees in the eastern Paktia province in April 2007, the military said.

The entire article is here.

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