In 2012, she attended my unit deployment ceremony to hear me give closing remarks as the company commander. I will never forget that she was worried her wearing an oxygen mask would embarrass me. I could never be ashamed of my mom, but that’s just the way she was. Always thinking of others first and herself second.
The hardships and challenges that soldiers endure are also felt by the people who love and support them. As I reflect on my service, I am proud of what I accomplished and continue to achieve. I am thankful to both my mother and the Army for providing me the tools to achieve them.
In retrospect, I urge you to take time to thank the loved ones who support you and make your goals obtainable. I cannot count all the times strangers have shaken my hand and thanked me for my service and sacrifice for our country. I only wish I would’ve taken the time to thank her, letting her know just how important she was and will always be.
Capt. Chad Nixon