Town: Bushnell

Branch of service and rank: Air Force, master sergeant

Enlisted or drafted? Enlisted. I lived on the south side of Chicago. Industry was somewhat down. I came from a military family and looked forward to someday earning the title of veteran.

What did you do in the service? I was a career recruiter.

Why do you feel the job was important? Finding good people is always important.

What is your most important memory from the service? Actually it was post-service — helping recruit my son for the Air Force.

What did you like least? Having to travel and not spending much time with my kids when they were growing up.

What would you like people to understand about war? I believe in a strong force for the purpose of deterrence — not to lash out, but for deterrence.