A Major Celebration

My Beloved Heidi, our son Ben, and our grandson Thomas just returned from a whirlwind (6,000 miles in three days) trip to Maryland to experience our son Brian’s pinning ceremony and his taking the oath of office as a Major in the USAF.


Every family member present was asked to pin one of the gold oak leafs onto his uniform.The third photo down shows his wife Kristi, their four-year-old twin sons Zachary and Alexander, and his Mother-In-Law Carol, doing their part during the pinning ceremony. My Beloved and I replaced his shirt epaulettes that had his Captain’s “Railroad Tracks” with ones that had a gold oak leaf.

The Lt. Colonel presiding read off a long list of Brian’s major (no pun intended) positions held, some of which we had never heard about for security reasons. As just one example, we had no idea he led a group of 67 people. As you can probably tell, we’re all very proud of Brian.

The fourth photo is of an engraved plaque that one of his subordinates from an earlier assignment had made to honor Brian’s promotion to Major. He was touched by the thoughtful gift.

With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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16 Responses to A Major Celebration

  1. ksbeth says:

    how amazing – congrats to all of you! how proud you must be –

  2. Wow! You and your beloved must be so proud! ♡
    Diana xo

  3. Mrs. P says:

    Wow, what an honor! Well done to you all!

  4. utesmile says:

    How wonderful, you are surely a proud family!

  5. Congratulations to your son!!! What an incredible dedication to his country. Thank him, and all of you, for your service.

  6. J Callaghan says:

    Thank you for sharing such good news. You must be bursting with pride.

  7. Please thank you son, for his service! God Bless him and keep him safe at all times.

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