A Hero's Welcome --- To the Mostly Undeserving
Unbeknown to us, there was a scheduled stop in Bangor, Maine before the plane continued on to Leipzig, Germany. I had been there before on a military flight coming back from Reforger 82 when I was with the 7th ID out of Fort Ord. As we were walking through the jetway, I heard the sound of clapping and cheering. As I entered the terminal, there was a gauntlet of military retirees, former military, and their wives welcoming us to Bangor, thanking us for our service, and wishing us well on our upcoming mission overseas. I was overwhelmed. Very, very touching and I was very appreciative.
These guys are not with the USO. They staff a separate welcoming office in the terminal where they talk with the Soldiers and Marines passing through. Good Americans all. You'd never see this in Los Angeles. The dry erase board reflects the number of planes and military personnel these guys have welcomed since 2003.