The photo on the left is from 10 years ago when I was privileged to re-enlist him as his Commanding Officer at U.S. NSGA Yokosuka, Japan.
This year he was selected for CTTC and Ensign at nearly the same time.
Sunday he heads back to Afghanistan to continue helping protect our military and Afghan civilians from attack by the Taliban.
For the first time in our 12 year relationship, I was able to meet his Mother (with whom I have corresponded for 12 years), Father, Uncle (MCPO) and Wife. What a great day for me and a great day for the Navy. It was such a pleasure to meet his great family and friends. It was especially nice to put on my Navy uniform again for the first time in 4 years. I didn't realize how much I missed it.