Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Pvt Dana, US Army

This is my niece Dana. Last week she graduated boot camp in Missouri as a qualified Private in the United States Army. Her graduation gift was this really big truck.

You first met her three years ago in a post that described a phone conversation she had with a boyfriend stationed north of Baghdad. During that phone call, the boyfriend's base was attacked by bad guys, the gates were breached, weapons fire and explosions were heard over the phone.

A while later, Dana joined the Air Force. She trained hard and tried her best, but because of a newly discovered health problem, the AF had to let her go. She could have called it a day and given up. She nearly did. Life got tough. In the end, Dana didn't stop, didn't give in, didn't give up.

She signed with the US Army, but she was overweight and unfit. Dana committed to losing the fat and getting in shape. Her Dad, former Navy, trained with her, they jogged and ran together, stretched and exercised together just to qualify for the Army acceptance day. When the day came, she passed without any question. At boot camp, Dana was ready for whatever the trainers could throw at her. And she succeeded.

Today, Dana is a newly minted Private, US Army. But to little Gabe, she's still Auntie Dana. To me, she is still my niece, and I love her and am very proud of her and her achievement.

And I worry for her because, before this year in out, after basic training in Texas, she will ship out to Afghanistan.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


dcat said...

She looks great Indigo!

I'm proud too!

Thank you for this wonderful post and may she stay safe from harm.

suek said...

Ditto. May she return safely - wherever she goes.

(Heh. verification word is "drotr" - pretty close to daughter...)

Tom C said...

Guess you know how I feel about that! Tell her Mom and Dad I'm proud of them too!

Indigo Red said...

She does, dcat. The first time I saw her after her AF release, I didn't recognize her. She was so tall and slender..

Thank you, suek. She's a resourceful kid.

Yes, Tom, I do know. It would be easier in peace time, but not halfas meaningful. Her mom is Indigo Rose, so she'll read your words herself.

Indigo Rose said...

Thank you all for the kind words.
My daughter is very proud of her accomplishments.... and we are so very proud of her!

MAS1916 said...

Congrats to Dana. Thanks in advance for her service to all of us.

Anonymous said...

I think there is a little bit of pride for all of us. I reseve a little spot for all oour military folks. Don

Gayle said...

May God bless her and keep her safe, Indigo. She is proof that a person can accomplish anything if they set their mind to it.