"Tell 'em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper" ~ Knute Rockne All American, 1940.
An update on my friend Kate's son Chris
God Bless You and Your Family, Kate. Merry Christmas!
"The best gift of all is having Chris home for Christmas! He looks great and is fine spirits! Although he loves NAS Pensacola, he is so happy to be home for three weeks. As a mother, it was joy to see my two sons so happily united! As a M.O.M., there is an intense pride, tempered by sear fear, especially knowing I have two dear friends with kids in harm's way and mine will probably be there too...OK more for the Pride part...
Chris raised his rank to Private First Class while at Aviation Ordnance School at NASP. He has gone through hundreds of hours of classroom training in aviation mechanics, electronics and weaponry. He also volunteered for Toys For Tots. He should be done with schooling at NASP in early February and is hoping for practical training at Camp Pendleton, CA. Pendelton is were the Mairnes hold "Helo" training for the assault Black Hawks. Ironically, we visited there some 6 years ago and the boys got to sit in one! This assignment would also put him close to Uncle Ray and Aunt Libby's home.
PFC Christiansen will be working part-time in the roll of "Recruiting Support" while on leave. He will be working out of the Recruting Ofifces at Liberty Tree Mall and Rt 1 Saugus. If you are in the area, stop by to say hello, if you'd like. He will also be on-call for the Hamilton Fire Department.
Dale and I will be picking Chris up at the Pensacola Airport and transporting him back to NASP on January 7th. Hopefully, we will get to spend sometime touring the Station with him. I know first-hand when one sees the level of commitment, training and decorum these Marines have, it makes me more patriotic!
I want to thank you all again for your support; it means more than you might know! Have a Merry Christmas with your families and friends! Please say a prayer for those in service and their families. OK, I'm going to bed, finally, but this is MY Christmas Eve!"