SOURCE: Southwest Airlines
I just got home this month from another deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Every year and a half, National Guardsmen who operate the C-130—a military transport aircraft—deploy. My deployment this year was staffed with members of the Kentucky, Missouri, and Wyoming Air National Guard units. On this deployment we flew in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Israel, and many more places.
These guys quickly became my friends and confidants; we worked hard together. The days were long and the missions could be very challenging. And during our down time, it was enough to just have them by my side. I’m thankful to have served with these guys and that I’m able to call them my friends. I look forward to working with them again in the future, both in the military and especially here at Southwest.
My hope as this year comes to a close is that everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday. I am thankful for each and every one of our Military members who are not home this holiday season in order to serve all of us who are. I am thankful to be a Southwest employee, where I have the opportunity to work with wonderful people like Chris, Tosh, and Joel. And most importantly, I am thankful for the entire Southwest Family.
Patriotism runs deep at Southwest Airlines, and we are proud of all those who serve, especially the nearly 5,800 Active Duty, Reservists, and Veterans who are part of the Southwest Family. In celebration of Military Heroes Month in November, you’ll hear about and read blogs about service, how we honor the military, the sacrifice these heroes make, and how we celebrate the brave who fight for our Freedoms. Who’s your hero? How do you appreciate the military?
KEYWORDS: Military Heroes, Southwest Airlines, military, employees, SWA
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