Army Captain.."A Proud Leader From Our Area"

Bryan McLane, son of the Reverend Don and Glenna McLane of both Mesquite and Rockwall, graduated from Mesquite High School in 2001 and immediately entered Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches under a ROTC scholarship. Graduating four years later with a Bachelors Degree in Physics, he entered the US Army as a 2nd Lieutenant, Infantry.

Small Town America.."Combat Really Isn't Very Pretty"

It’s a long way from growing up in the heartland of America to the cities and villages of Iraq where lots of bad people are trying to kill you. Caleb Welshans, son of Michelle Welshans of Flora, Illinois, and Joel Welshans of Carrollton, Texas, knows this because he is one of our warriors now fighting the Islamic Jihadists in Iraq who have committed themselves to the destruction of western civilization.

A Married Aviator.."Another Example of a Real Warrior"

This is the success story of a young lady from Texas who is in the Navy and has had a multitude of negative things happen to her, but in her words, “Overall my experiences from the beginning have been fantastic. I got a job, adventure, excitement, college paid for, no debt, life experiences, and a family. What more could a girl ask for? I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Our Flag..."It Really Means Something"

A proud custom still exists in America of honoring our Nation and our flag by the playing of the Star Spangled Banner, our National Anthem, at the start of most sporting events and many other events where large crowds of people attend. Unfortunately many participants at these events are not real sure of what they should do when those first notes of the anthem are played. Do they take their hats off?

Multiple Tours.."No One Ever Said it was Easy"

Staff Sergeant MacArthur Ocampo was born in Southern California, but at the age of ten he moved to the Philippines to live with his relatives. Graduating from high school at age fifteen (yes, fifteen), he entered the university and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Computer Science. His goal...go on to law school and become a lawyer practicing in his adopted country of the Philippines.

Afghanistan.."Another Young Marine from Rockwall"

“The easy part is preparing for war. The hard part is figuring out how to say goodbye.” If you don’t believe this, ask Lance Corporal Ryan Chrisopulos, whose parents, Jim and Marcia, and two sisters, Nicole and Natalie, live in Rowlett.

Iraq.."Another Rockwall Soldier in Iraq"

One of the really neat things about writing articles featuring local men and women who are serving in the military, is the opportunity to get to know them a little better and in some cases, even get to know their parents. Gerald Noblin and his wife Melody moved to Rockwall a year ago from Mississippi and I recently learned they have two sons who are serving our country.

Marine.."A Local Marine"

Walking to the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast in Rockwall several weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet local resident Carolyn Minnerly and talk with her during our trek from the parking lot to the building. She told me of her son, Mason, a 2007 graduate of Rockwall High School who had enlisted in the US Marines right after graduating and is now stationed on the west coast.

Iraq.."A Soldier With a Specific Goal"

Nathan Raulston, son of Kim and Terry Raulston of Rockwall, and husband of Jessica Mills Raulston of Mesquite, graduated from Rockwall High School in 2003 and today he is in Iraq helping defend our freedoms.

Afghanistan.."Small Town America and the Military"

As many know, I grew up in a relatively small town of 5,300 people in Southern Illinois. The town’s name is Flora and it’s located about 100 miles straight east of St Louis, Missouri and about 220 miles straight south of Chicago.

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