When you stop and think about the Internet, it is truly amazing. You can speak "face to face" with family in foreign countries, watch your friends' children grow up even if they live in a different state and stay in contact with a large number of people.
On Saturday, we ran a story about the Lodi Unified School District board passing a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. I was scrolling through the comments and realized we had one from a Lodi native who is serving in Iraq. Staff Sergeant Anthony Rueb was able to read our story and within hours offer his input from his first-hand experience.
I thought his response was worth highlighting and wanted to remind all of our readers to take a moment to comment on our stories if a story sparks your interest.
Here's his comments:
I am a Lodi native, born and raised. I graduated in 2004 and enlisted in the United States Air Force one month after I graduated. I joined for a multitude of very personal complex reasons. However, I knew nothing about the military prior to joining. I signed papers as fast as the pen would release ink and never looked back. After graduating from Basic Training (boot camp) and Technical Training, I wished I would've had the leg up on my comrades like other troops who attended schools with JROTC programs. They knew the drills, heritage, histroy and poise neccessry for a successful transition from civilian to miltary life. I did not. I had to learn by the numbers and absorb a lot information very quickly with little room for error.