FEBRUARY 28TH FIFTY-SIX YEARS LATER
Today, exactly fifty-six years later, February 28th, 2007 my grandson Josh Niewiadomski enlisted in the Army National Guard and traveled by plane to St. Louis, Missouri, and thence by bus to basic training at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri. Josh will be twenty years old in June.
I talked last night on the phone with Josh, and told him – yes, with a lump in my throat - how proud I am of him. No one ever leaves basic military training the same person. The most formative years of my life were in basic training, and later in Aviation Cadets. It’s tough stuff, but also great stuff. God Bless you Grandson Josh!