Saturday, February 26, 2005

PVT. NAVAKUKU, US CALVARY SCOUT

 It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you, my son, Private Gabriel Navakuku, Calvary Scout, US Army. 

Now tell me, is that the face of a happy young man, or is that the face of a happy young man!  For the first time in his life he knows what he wants and is willing to do what it takes to get it.  He wants to fly Kiowa helicopters.  His father was in the Air Cav. and earned his spurs while working on Kiowas during Desert Storm.  Once upon a time Steve would have rolled his eyes if I were to comment that Gabe was taking after him.  Now he just beams with pride.

Gabe's first duty station will be in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  Originally I thought that as part of a new unit he would be locked in country for at least a year, but with current world situations that is not necessarily true.  It terrifies me to hear my son speak with such anticipation of going to Iraq, he has no idea what it is like there, he only has stories of glory that his drill sergeants shared with him.  I cry every time I hear of someone's son or daughter being killed over there.  I dread the day that he may ship off.  Even scarier is the way his younger brothers and sisters look at him with such awe and eager admiration as he talks about his future.  It is hard to be a mother in these times.  It hurts.  And yet, if that was the path they were to choose when the time comes I would support them just as I have supported their older brother.  There will be time for tears later.  Right now we will celebrate.

16 comments:

mumma4evr said...

wooo whooo!!!  my dd's are drooling over this handsome young man!!!!  
Becky

jasmineandlace11 said...

he is so handsome and so young,, I pray he comes back safe and sound to you and his family. YOu are blessed..

jcole16757 said...

A proud mother you should be.  What a handsome young man in his uniform.  And, may the Lord watch over him always.

queenbigo said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!!  I do hope Gabe spends more time in the US.  I've got a friend who's hubby is deployed in Iraq right now and my boss's son is there as well.  

Anyway, congrats!!!  Enjoy the day!!  Its a huge accomplishment!!

QueenBigO

sunshine38585 said...

He looks wonderful Dorn! I am so proud of him! He is one awesome man. Anyone that serves this wonderful Country deserves so many things. Congrats you have raised a wonderful son.
Mel

sdoscher458 said...

He looks so good...be proud.  To learn to fly it's an accomplishment...glad he has a goal...wish him well for me....Sandi

astaryth said...

Very Handsome!! CELEBRATE his wonderful accomplishment!! I know what you mean about worrying about Iraq... I worry constantly about my nephew being sent over there.
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glopsblink said...

Oh yeah, he's definitly changed! Is he single?! LoL!!! Probably not for long anyway. ;-D You should be proud of him, he's changed so well and is becoming more of a man. Military is what my dad calls a major attitude ajustment. Wait until he gets all his shots, if he hasn't recieved them already! Congrats to him =)!!!

Blessings,

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PS: If he must be shipped to Iraq, have him look out for camel spiders. The military was having problems with them a little while ago. I saw a video of them and they are awful (I don't think they do much harm though). Maybe he'll be so kind as to bring one home to you...........

purplectigger said...

Congrats to you and your son. He is someone to be proud of. I hope he gets to stay stateside for awhile. Ft . Campbell isn't too bad. My son was born in the military hospital on the base there. It's a neet base, half is in Tenn, the other half is in KY. I wish him all the luck in the world.
Hugs. R.C.

demandnlilchit said...

Oh Dorn....How Handsome in his military dress! My Neice's Husband is a Seargent in Fort Cambell, they live on base while her Husband is over seas in Iraq (3rd time) I can always check up on him on our visits to the in-laws! lol

dcmeyer420 said...

Dorn, you are one strong woman! I can't bear to think that a child of mine will be going to a war zone. Hubby was in the service for 20 years and there were times when I hated to take a phone call because I dread it might be "the call." Your son is a very handsome young man. Yes, he looks happy and purposeful in that picture. Will pray that if he ever goes to Iraq that he will be back home safe and sound. http://journals.aol.com/dcmeyer420/DearDiary/  

swmpgrly said...

I would be scared to death  but so proud at the same time.
he is a doll!!!!

heathyrxmarie said...

Dorn, your son is hot! LOL!  Congratulations to him again!  You must be so proud!  :)
Hugs
Heather

hestiahomeschool said...

If you want some adopted extened family to drop in on him every now and then, take him out and feed him, just say the word.

He is so cute my daughters will be drooling.

My little brother is now going to be deployed in the Gulf.

cneinhorn said...

he is so handsome and you are such a proud mom!  God bless you both!

~JerseyGirl
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chasferris said...

Congratulations Navakuku.  I was in Cavalry (102nd Cav recon squadron) in WWII.  No horses in that cavalry either...nor helicopters.  But we had jeeps and armored cars.  I was a gunner, armed with a 37 mm cannon and bounced a few shells off an enemy tank.  Was quite a sight to see tracers bouncing off the enemy.  Hope there's a better way nowadays.  Serve well, serve proudly.