Cynical Synapse

Sun, 29 Nov 2009

Thanksgiving is More Than A Meal for Some

Filed under: Global War on Terror, Heroes, holidays, Life, Military, National security, Patriotism, People — cynicalsynapse @ 8:36 pm

SGT Matthew Bosch at the US Flag at home

SGT Matthew Bosch, with the Georgia Army National Guard’s 48th Brigade, has been serving in Afghanistan. As a Guardsman, this is particulary significant to me since the 48th was the only Guard combat arms Brigade certified deployable for Desert Storm, although it was not deployed. In my mind, that was a travesty and academic research seems to validate that perspective. But, I digress. Today, the National Guard and Reserves are clearly operational forces, serving alongside their active component brothers and sisters. In fact, it’s obvious active component forces could not sustain the warfight without the reserve components.

Nobody knows the involvement of the National Guard and Reserves better than the families. Not to take away from active duty families, but reserve component families don’t have the benefit of living on base with all its resources. Such is the case for the Bosch family in Zeeland, a western Michigan community. The closest active duty military base is Great Lakes Naval Station, in Illinois. It’s 190 miles, or 3 hours, away. An additional complication for the Bosch family is living in Michigan while SGT Bosch serves in the Georgia Army National Guard. Nonetheless, they’re doing well.

On Thanksgiving Day, SGT Bosch surprised his mother and father, Esther and Roger, by showing up for the family’s big meal.

“I just wanted to show up. It’s something I always wanted to do,” said Matt, a 27-year-old 2000 Holland Christian High School graduate.

Esther, husband Rog and family members experienced a variety of emotions and reactions as a uniformed Matt stepped into the house around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

“Seeing Matt home from Afghanistan evoked shock, surprise, screaming, dropped jaws … more screaming and hugs,” said Esther.

The Global War on Terror has a human face. And it has real meaning for average Americans. “It was one of the better covert operations he’s pulled off,” Bosch’s mother, Esther, said.

SGT Bosch, thank you for your service.

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