Veteran Dr. Guillermo Evers Airall
Posted on May 7, 2014 by Katy Miller
I had four memorable assignments during my 21 years of service in the United States Army as a dental officer:
My second assignment was my first memorable experience. Both my wife and I are immigrants from the Republic of Panama so when we received news that I would be assigned to the Canal Zone, we were overwhelmed with joy. Being able to take our two little girls (at that time) to see our home and spend four years in the Canal Zone was a dream come true.
My next assignment was at Ft. Monmouth, N.J., under the command of Col. Nichols, an exceptional dental officer from North Carolina. Both Col. Nichols and my wife pinned me upon my promotion to the rank of major. Col. Nichols was responsible for encouraging me to accept an assignment in Korat, Thailand. For the 13 months that I was assigned in Korat, a dental clinic was built under my command.
I had the opportunity for a third overseas assignment in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Being able to visit countries throughout Europe with my wife and three children provided some of the most memorable conversations we share today as a family.
Upon returning from Germany, I was assigned to Valley Forge General Hospital in Phoenixville, Pa., where I was the Receiving and Examining Officer for wounded soldiers returning from Vietnam. It was at Valley Forge that I had the honor of being pinned by another commanding officer, and my wife, to the rank of a full colonel.
The military has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me, my family and my career. I shall always be grateful for the opportunity to have served my country.
Dr. Guillermo Evers Airall, Resident Veteran at Atria Southpoint Walk and Retired Colonel
— Zoila Airall (Daughter)