My Experience in the Armed Forces
Posted on June 30, 2014 by Taylor Rhea
I was drafted into the military when I was only 18 years old. At the time I didn’t know it, but it was going to be a big part of my life.
I was sent to camp in Indiana. From there I traveled to Mississippi by troop train and then on to Keesler Field for basic training. After finishing basics, I went to a tech school in Colorado to learn logistics. Upon finishing there, I was stationed in Alaska for a year, where I worked as a supply clerk. This was quite a big change for me, a small-town boy from Cecilia, Kentucky.
When my year in Alaska was up, I had the opportunity to either continue on my military path or be discharged back to my home in Cecilia. It was quite an easy decision – go back home and work for my dad picking worms off tobacco, or give my life to traveling with the military.
My decision was made, and staying in the Air Force was the best decision of my life.
After being stationed in Spain twice, I retired, achieving the rank of a Chief Master Sergeant, working with logistics support for 24 years, and meeting my wife.
– Denver Woodring, Air Force veteran and Atria Elizabethtown resident