I am a Navy Aviator.
I was born and raised in a small town in New England. I come from a family
of five. I was raised in a middle class home and taught my values by my
mother and father.
My dad worked a series
of jobs in finance and my mom took care of us kids. We were not an overly
religious family, but attended church most Sundays. It was a nice small
Episcopal Church. I have a brother and sister and I am the youngest
in my family. I was the first in many generations to attend college.
I have flown Naval
aircraft for 16 years. For me the flying was never a lifelong dream
or a "calling," it just happened. I needed a job and I liked the
challenge. I continue to do it today because I feel it is important
to give back to a nation which has given so much to me. I do it because,
although I will never be rich, my family will be comfortable.
I do it because many
of my friends have left for the airlines and someone has to do it.
My government has spent
millions to train me to fly these multi-million dollar aircraft. I make
about 70,000 dollars a year and after 20 years will be offered a pension.
I like baseball, but
think the players make too much mon-
ey. I am in awe of
firemen and policemen and what they do each day for my community, and like
teachers, they just don't get paid enough.
I respect my elders
and always use sir or ma'am when addressing a stranger I'm not sure about
kids these days, but I think that's normal for every generation.
I voted for George
Bush because I like him. I think I made
a pretty good choice.
I tell you all this
because when I come for you, I want you
to know me. I won't
be hiding behind a woman or a child. I won't be disguised or pretending
to be something I am not. I will be in a U.S. issue flight suit.
I will be wearing standard US issue flight gear, and I will be flying a
navy aircraft clearly marked as a US warplane.
I wish we could meet
up close in a small room where I could wrap my hands around your throat
and slowly squeeze the life out of you, but unfortunately, you're hiding
in a hole in the ground, so we will have to do this a different way.
I want you to also
know that I am very good at what I do. I can put a 2,000
lb weapon through a window from 10,000 feet up. I generally only
fly at night, so you may want to start sleeping during the day. I am not
eager to die for my country, but I am willing to sacrifice my life to protect
it from animals like you.
I will do everything
in my power to ensure no civilians are hurt as I take aim at you.
My countrymen are a
forgiving bunch. Many are already forgetting what you did on Sept
11th. But I will not forget, and my President will not forget.
I am coming.
I hope you know me a little bit better, see
you soon...sleep tight.
A U.S. Navy Pilot
Our Soldiers are one
of our greatest assets!
God Bless, Caro
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