Dad gets pinned by General Ierardi (pronounced earardi---I asked him for the proper pronunciation). The rank goes on his chest and hat---I pin his hat. It is a black colored oakleaf on his camoflauge uniforn, and on his hat, it is a silver oakleaf. Perris handed the rank to the General and is watching here.
Shaking hands with the General. Actually, the General is very nice. He took the time to meet with Perris, Dad and I separately in his office prior to the ceremony! He even asked us the names of all of you guys who weren’t able to come and he wrote them down! I asked about his family---it was a nice visit.
Dad taking his oath of office!
Then he does something totally unexpected on my part! He thanks me and presents me with these beautiful roses! Our home teacher remarked that I looked like a “beauty queen” carrying these roses! I want World Peace….
And again! It’s a little dark, but it’s us together! Afterwards, everyone had a bit of lunch---Perris and I had gone to get Subway sandwiches in Shirlington that morning, and Dad had already made arrangements for the drinks and chips. Colonel DeGuzman talked to me about getting our families together, though at this point living in Virginia, that would be just Dad and I visiting his family and their two young sons in Gainsville, Va., since you all are on the West Coast!
That’s our home teacher with Dad---Randall Epperson---He said the invocation at the pinning ceremony and was influential in helping Dad get promoted and is generally just a good guy! His office, where they are is at the juncture where the plane hit the Pentagon that fateful day of September 11, 2001. He also gave Dad a coin with the date he got officially made a LTC---July 16, 2010. It is shaped like the Army Staff badge. It is a really nice gift.
0’ Randy Epperson is not a man without connections. He works for the Assistant Secretary of the Army. He also gave us a tour of the building, and took us to the office of the Chief of Staff—General George Casey Jr.
The flag by Perris shows all the battles the United States has been in---Revelutionary War and up. You can make out ….Surge 2007-2008. Each battle ribbon is distingushable by the color of the ribbon. Vietnam was green and yellow.
The Chief of Staff of the Army has a lot of cool memorabilia in his office including this badge for being on the Army Staff, It was designed by General Douglas McArthur when he was Chief of Staff of the Army in the 1930’s. He was over the Pacific Theater.
Before we leave, I ask Randy to take one last picture in his office of us. Since it is the place the plane came down in 2001, I think it is an appropriate place. Afterall, Dad came here to the Pentagon on our 20th anniversary, August 25, 2002, specifically because he wanted to help with the war on terror. It changed all of our lives that day. I think it helped us all progress from spectators to participants. You all do your part well, and I thank you for it!
These are the plates we have on our car now. Dad earned this Bronze Star for his service in Iraq during 2007-2008! I have one amazing husband and you have one amazing Dad! Congratulations LTC Lynn Andrew Nelson!