- Feb 9, 2008
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One of my closest friends went to H.S. with my late wife. He was career army, Command Sergeant Major, E-9. He has advanced college degrees and turned down direct commissions several times. When I asked why he elected not to be a commissioned officer, he simply replied, I preferred being an NCO. I have never known him to tell a falsehood. He is honest and sincere and you always know where you stand with him. He's always the first to phone to see how I'm doing. When he was 48, 27 years in service, stationed at the Pentagon, he re-upped for his final three years, to go an even 30. He failed the physical based on a heart murmur, and forced to retire. He's 74, healthy and my friend.