Americans should be proud of all men and women who have served their country well, many under adverse and harsh conditions of which most citizens have no idea.
Many other Pulaski County natives and residents well know these conditions and what those in uniform face, particularly in the heat of battle.
Stories of war are often difficult to tell, bringing back memories of days gone by, buddies lost and the experiences faced in time of conflict, or even in peacetime.
There are others who willingly tell their stories, even in book form, TV and the movies.
All Americans should express their appreciation for a job well done, or else we might be flying a German, Japanese or other country’s flag, instead of Old Glory, the Red, White and Blue.
Heroes are made, not born, and some that are called heroes today have not laid it all on the line, been shot at, wounded or seen their fellow soldier killed.
A 2002 Pulaski County High School graduate, Christopher Tolbert, along with other county natives, can be called heroes.
Tolbert recently was honored for his actions in Iraq by receiving the Bronze Star Medal, the fourth highest combat award given by the U.S. Armed Forces. It is the ninth highest military award.
Tolbert’s actions were of high-risk, dangerous and important. Establish observation posts, directing fire on the enemy, leading reconnaissance missions, detaining high value targets and insurgents, and serving as secrity for high-ranking officials were among duties he performed.
The veteran of two stays in Iraq, Tolbert, who enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2005, plans to leave the military next year and go into law enforcement; not a particularly safe job, but necessary and fulfilling – and closer to home.
We applaud Tolbert for his service. Thank you, soldier.