northamericanrescue@theglobemaster "I had an Instructor in Pilot Training named Capt Scheulen that gave us a brief on the C-17 and said this: "A fighter pilot might have the opportunity to be the most important person to the guy on the ground maybe once in their career, for one day, and that's what they live for; but flying this jet means you're going to be involved in every aspect of their lives while deployed; and for me that was the most rewarding. It's just pallets and parts, but it's everything in between the time they put their boots in the dirt til the time they come up the ramp; either on their feet, a stretcher or in a casket that matters, at least to me it did." Now, I'm not sure what it is exactly about this part of his presentation that stuck out, maybe it was the melody of the words "pallets and parts" that sent it home, or just the overall message; but either way here it is, a photo taken this week that reveals what I now know he was truly trying to explain. The mission of the C-17 isn't just about what we take in, but what we bring back, and the parts of the people we do left on the battlefield. I've seen it in the faces of the men and women coming home. For most, it's a loss of innocence, the loss of naivety afforded those back home to the evil of the world. For some, it's a friend; a brother or sister that will forever be a missing piece, but, it's these parts left behind that allow for the light of gratefulness to fill in the dark. It is only when they are lost that one can truly appreciate all the gifts this country has to offer. The sound of children playing free from fear or danger from outside their little world will never ring more pure. The feel of freshly cut grass beneath your feet while your family and friends enjoy a warm summers night on the Fourth of July will never have the same enveloping comfort. It's with this that I'd like to give thanks to the Green Beret, Soldier and four Airmen that gave more parts of themselves than we deserve this past week. To the ones back home that left more than they thought, you're not alone; and for the ones still out there, we will be there with pallets and parts for you to continue the fight."🇺🇸
- frostyblodgett@andrew_pille @cokeacole_a
- bwoodruffrdhSo eloquently stated...RIP and a heartfelt thank you to all who made the ultimate sacrifice that we here at home may enjoy those simple freedoms that are so often taken for granted...you are all heroes 🇺🇸😢🇺🇸
- atlas_athleticWell said. We'll meet again at the rally point brother. Til Valhalla
- 77justusAMAZING!!!! Very well said! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
- rdcoffman_Thank you.
- lacey19700God bless your soul! Thank you so very much for protecting us! Much respect!
- provisionalsurvivalconcepts@northamericanrescue I flew home my last deployment with 5 of our brothers on their final flight. It sadly wasn't the only time we escorted our brothers home....
- poetslife1That got me choked up
- 05rescueWell put
- cptn_cam🇺🇸🙏🏾❤🙏🏾🇺🇸 rest in paradise brother or sister in arms 😞
- quests_will_changeBeautifully written. Thanks for bringing our loved ones home
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