This story told by Ashley Marr
My Husband, Douglas Thomspon, is an Air Force Veteran. He was active from 2001 to 2012 and received many accolades, awards, and medals including, but not limited to: Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Unit Award with 1 oak leaf cluster, AF Outstanding Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 service stars, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service, USAF PME Graduate Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon.
His service is important because he enlisted just a month prior to the 9/11 attacks in 2001 and was one of the few Air Force convoys deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan during the height of the war. He was deployed 3 different times to those areas during those 12 years. His missions included escorting food and supplies to all of the forward operating bases throughout Iraq to the NATO forces; as well as delivering school supplies and goods to local communities.
He speaks of the impact and the sacrifices made by his fellow airmen often. Our children and I look up to him as not only our husband and father; but, as a hero. He is very humble when he is recognized as a Veteran and does not think of it as a “right” but that it was his duty. He doesn’t take the appreciative handshakes and thanks lightly but he also doesn’t believe that it is necessary. He is a fantastic role model, husband, and father. Our daughter hopes to follow in his footsteps by joining a military branch but has not quite landed on Air Force just yet; even though he tries to convince her of this when he can.