Air Force on the GWOT MF Team

 In Board Member, Why a memorial?

By Lisa Wong

When Andrew, GWOT MF’s #bossman, told me the organization was looking for board members, especially Air Force representation, it was a no brainer!  I had my application ready before verbally committing to the position.

Growing up just 10 miles from the National Mall, I always had a sense of reverence respect for America’s military veterans.  Although I do not come from a “military family,” my dad served in Vietnam and my grandfather participated in ROTC.  Nonetheless, I applied to the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) for my undergraduate studies and graduated in 2011.  As an Active Duty military member, my childhood reverence towards veterans runs deeper and dearer to my heart.  I have learned the military community has a very strong bond encompassing camaraderie, commitment, and calling.

Close to ten thousand (and counting) Americans have perished in the Global War on Terror including 22 USAFA alumni.  In fact, just one day after joining the GWOT MF board on October 15, 2015, I was notified that a fellow USAFA comrade was killed in Afghanistan.  My comrade’s death solidified my commitment to the GWOT MF.   This is my calling to honor the fallen and inspire hope for the future.

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