Military Child of the Week Salute – September 5, 2011
It’s Monday and that means it’s time for our Military Child of the Week Salute! Please let your military friends know about this salute and be sure to make nominations! The name of the child goes into a year end draw for an opportunity to win their very own General Sarge Military Build-A-Bear through the Gift-A-Bear Campaign.
The salute for today is a little different. A couple weeks we visited Fort Drum, New York – A Visit To Fort Drum – and met up with an old friend of mine, MSG David Phelps. David and I went to both Roberts Wesleyan College and Asbury Theological Seminary together. Through those years we became great friends and spent a lot of time with their family especially when David deployed as part of Desert Storm. Christmas, Thanksgiving and other holidays were spent together as David was overseas and we spent time with his family. So on a personal note, the salute this week is very special for us here at General Sarge HQ as we remember David’s daughter – the baby of the family – when she was just a baby.
Now she’s grown up!
Today we salute Elyzabeth Phelps who writes;
“I’m the daughter of MSG David A. Phelps who has served 34 years in the U.S. Army. Growing up as an Army brat definitely had it’s ups and downs. By the time I was 16 my father had missed 4 straight birthdays of mine. It was difficult when it came to his deployment to celebrate my Sweet 16 without my daddy being there. Soccer games where I was named MVP, without him cheering me on.
“But not only were there hard years to go through with him being a soldier, I also have some great memories as well. Visiting the Pentagon meeting 2 and 3 star Generals being awarded in the Hall of Heroes as my father was in his uniform and I was in my JROTC uniform and a few of my father’s co-employees.”
Elyzabeth concludes her email saying…
“Even though at times I struggled as a ‘brat’…
I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
We salute Elyzabeth and her family today as well as her dad for his years of service to the country. MSG David Phelps is currently mobilized as the Non Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Fort Drum Family Life Center. When he comes off his mobilization he will return to his normal Reserve assignment as the NCOIC Reserve Component Personnel Actions, Office of the Chief of Chaplains, Directorate of Reserve Component Integration, Pentagon.
One more thing Elyzabeth – General Sarge also said his human-owners Mom noticed you have grown up a lot! She remembers babysitting you when you just a little girl.
Staying Army Strong!