Campus Chatter

Nov. 7, 2011

April Wefler
awefler@uccs.edu

With so many military bases close to campus and with so many members of the student body being part of the military, we were curious how some of you view your connections to the military. Here are a few of your answers.

Jake Walker, senior, biology

Are you affiliated with the military, or do you know anyone in the military?

A couple of my best friends are in the military.”

Where are they stationed?

One’s in Oklahoma; the other is in Tennessee. One of them’s enlisted; the other’s about to go to flight school.”

Amanda Ewers, Student Success

Are you affiliated with the military, or do you know any­one in the military?

My dad’s Navy, my brother’s Air Force and my best friend’s Army.”

Where are they stationed?

My best friend’s in Afghanistan. It’s really rough. Iraq was his first, Afghanistan his second. He still has seven months.”

How did you like growing up with the military?

I love it. I love going places and meeting new people all the time. I have a big family; we had each other.”

Do you do anything special for Veteran’s Day?

We have a big party with all of the military in our family, including extended family.”

Bill Eveland, freshman, computer science security

Are you affiliated with the military, or do you know anyone in the military?

My dad is retired Army.”

How was that growing up?

It’s good; I liked it. Meeting a lot of people, seeing a lot of places, developed social skills. I was born in San Antonio, moved to Georgia, went to Korea; lived here ever since.”

How was it living in Korea?

Kind of an eye-opener, makes you grateful for what we have here. People there don’t have it as good.”

Mary Karbo, senior, nursing

Are you affiliated with the military, or do you know anyone in the military?

I have some really close friends in Afghanistan. Some­body’s getting deployed in a week, medic in Hawaii. I miss them. There’s the fear that they won’t do well, that they won’t be back.”

Anna Crain, Office of Sustainability

Are you affiliated with the military, or do you know anyone in the military?

My friend’s brother was deployed to Afghanistan. One is stationed in Alaska.”

How is it like for them, living in Alaska?

I think it was really tough because they had to leave ev­erything they knew, but they like it. Pretty good commu­nity, good support system.”

Jeslyn Fair, freshman, psychology

Are you affiliated with the military, or do you know anyone in the military?

My brother, Dewayne. Air Force.”

Is he stationed anywhere?

He’s stationed here, on Peterson.”

How is that?

A lot of his freedom was taken away. People are always telling him, “Thank you for your service.” He’s the only person in his unit who got to go where he wanted to.”