Awhile back I received and e-mail at work and was asked if I wanted a soldier to come in and speak with my classes. Since one of my classes is a Vocational Education class I thought this would be good. So I shot an e-mail back and accepted the offer.
What I did not realize was that the visiting soldier was none other than one of America's Heroes, Sergeant First Class John B. Adams. SFC was voted as one of America's Heroes for his service to our country. He is featured with the other heroes at the website Americasarmy.com. And yes, I am a shill for our armed forces.
Now, it is obvious that Sergeant Adams is a recruiter and his story is meant
to inspire and encourage young men and women to want to join the armed service. Moreover though, SFC Adams is an inspiration just as a person. One might expect an American Hero to be all spit and polish and rigid and anal retentive. What I found in Sergeant Adams was a genuine man. I know why he was chosen as a hero. He wasn't a rough and tumble ass, he was a true average American who serves his country and has maintained his humanity.
When Sgt Lopez and Sgt Adams entered my room they were warm and engaging. Both are extremely affable and have great senses of humor. They maintained themselves in a relaxed way and did not slough off any questions; and my students had some good questions.
I won't go into details about how Sgt Adams received his Bronze Star or was chosen. I recommend anyone reading this head over the Americasarmy.com and check out the stories of all of the heroes.
Now, above and beyond being chosen as a hero, Sgt Adams is also in the America's Army computer game and has an action figure made of him. When I asked him about his feelings about the figure, he humbly shrugged and said it was just crazy. He was very contrite about the whole hero thing and kept reinforcing how much he loved to serve and what a great career choice it has been for him.
Sgt Adams is a small town family man that could be any one of you. Obviously not me, because I am so much larger than life and wonderful.
He is a great guy, even though he made my assistant Mrs. Jasso cry. I think he poked her in the eye or somesuch.
And John, if you are reading this, feel free to chime in.