The Bond Between Men and Women in Uniform
In my experience there is an undeniable, unbreakable bond between those who serve or have served in uniform, whether they are members of the U.S. military, municipal police, sheriff deputies, firefighters, or other first responders. This bond is developed through shared values and circumstances, often extremely dangerous circumstances where the outcome is uncertain. Yet, despite the danger, they put on the uniform each day and focus on their mission, never quite knowing whether they will go home safely to their loved ones. Accepting the risk, they run “toward the gunfire” knowing their training and commitment, their steadfast partners, and their trust in God will help them manage fear and confront the unexpected.
Consider the unexpected circumstances of the 2 deputies in LA who were recent targets of an assassination attempt. Under extreme, life-threatening conditions, they stuck together and assisted each other until help arrived. Yes, their training helped them cope, but it was far more than that. They knew that together, along with faith their comrades would come to their aid, they would prevail.
President Reagan once said, “Life begins when you begin to serve.” As one who wore the uniform of the U.S. military for 33 years, I praise, salute, and support every law enforcement officer wearing the uniform today and serving in these very tough times. These law enforcement officers are HEROES and SAINTS. They persevere with professionalism while being physically assaulted and disrespected with vile insults. They are the courageous men and women, who with that unbreakable bond, stand together at the proverbial wall ready to save our country and citizens from certain chaos and destruction. Who in their right mind would call for defunding the police or disbanding their ranks? Those who do, show a complete lack of understanding of the law and order that is the essence of our liberty and paramount in keeping our society intact.
I call for all citizens to stand with local law enforcement and all law enforcement officers across this nation, to honor and respect their service and daily sacrifice. They do it for us, and the least we can do is to show we care and appreciate the protection they provide for our life and liberty.
COL U.S. Army (Ret.)
Candidate for Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, District 1