Comforting Military Families One Furry Friend At A Time.
For as long as we can remember, our youngest son Ben, always wanted to join the Army. As a result, it came as no surprise – at the age of 10 – his first Build-A-Bear teddy bear was a Sarge bear. On his 18th birthday in August 2010, Ben joined the Army as an active duty soldier. He then headed off for Basic Training at Fort Benning, GA in January 2011 with an MOS of 11-Bravo Infantry Division. He graduated from Fort Benning on April 28-29, 2011. After graduation he was stationed first at Fort Lewis, WA, and then transferred to Fort Carson, CO. He also served two deployments to Afghanistan.
Through the years what was the original Sarge bear from the BABW collection, saw a lot of wear and tear. For Christmas 2010 we decided it was time for Sarge to get a new uniform. Little did we know when we bought the new uniform, Sarge received a promotion from just plain Sarge, to General Sarge.
Ben and I initially decided it would be fun to chronicle the daily life of General Sarge while he was away. Hence, the original name of the site was the Chronicles of General Sarge. What started as a way for me to work through the fact that our youngest son was joining the Infantry, soon turned into a ministry of “deploying” teddy bears to military children and their families.
You will find on this site:
- The original posts of General Sarge while Ben was in Basic Training.
- The site soon started “deploying” teddy bears via our “Military Child of the Week” salute. You will find posts pertaining to those salutes as well.
- There are also posts about supporting General Sarge and how he’s interacted with a number of people and military organizations through the years.
After two tours of duty to Afghanistan, Ben was discharged from the Army in April 2016 following six years of active duty service as as part of the Infantry Division in the U.S. Army. Today, General Sarge is still active deploying teddy bears to military children and their family. Or, as we like to say around here at General Sarge HQ – Comforting Military Families One Furry Friend At A Time.
Staying Army Strong!
Dr. Rus & Sandra Jeffrey