|Has served, is serving and will serve|
|Written by Chris Lee|
It’s sort of a family thing. Although they never felt pressured from their family, Jason, Adam and Willie Greenman have, or will be, associated with the military.
Oldest son Jason, 28, has served his time. His service ended in October last year after having served three tours.
Adam, 21, is currently a field artillery systems and data specialist stationed in Fort Riley, Kan.
Youngest son Willie, 20, is scheduled to leave for basic training in late August.
Serving the United States runs deep in the family. “It goes back four generations,” mother Sharon said. “That’s all we can track,” Adam added.
It wasn’t until recently Kent and Sharon were able to say all three of their sons have served in the military. Son Willie just decided earlier this year. Oldest brother Jason finished eight years of service this past October and middle son Adam is currently in the middle of his service.
“I can’t say I’m surprised,” Sharon said of her boys serving their country. “I knew Jay (Jason) was going because that’s all he ever talked about. Adam wanted it so bad he could taste it.” Sharon said she just figured Willie would follow in the footsteps.
Kent served in the Army and was medically discharged. Both Kent and Sharon’s fathers served, as well as the boys’ great grandfathers. From there, it gets a bit difficult to track. Even Adam’s wife, Laurette is serving.
Jason graduated from Holyoke High School in 2003. After graduation he worked for a few months and then headed off for basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
“It was always something I looked up to,” Jason said on his decision to enter the military.
Jason said he didn’t join because he wanted to get college paid for. “I wanted to protect and serve my family and my nation and defend this country.”
Following basic training, he headed to Fort Gordon, Ga. for AIT (Advanced Individual Training). In January 2004, Jason went to his duty station in Fort Benning, Ga. Four days after getting with his unit he went to NTC (National Training Center) in Fort Irwin, Calif.
After a month’s rotation of NTC, Jason was deployed to Iraq in November 2004 where he served as a 25 Charlie Radio Operator Maintainer. This tour lasted one year and he returned to the United States in November 2005.
From 2005-06 he continued training. Jason was at JRTC (Joint Readiness Training Center) in Fort Polk, La. for a month and then performed another rotation at NTC.
In July 2007 he was deployed again to Iraq where he worked on a military transition team for 15 months. It was this tour that he enjoyed the most and it’s one he will never forget. “It’s all I knew,” he said.
Once stateside, he was lost. Having served two tours, deployment was all he knew.
In November 2008 he returned and did in-house training until a third deployment in April 2010.
Jason spent another year away from home but this time it was in Afghanistan. He ran the entry control point at Kandahr Air Field.
“Words cannot describe it,” Sharon said of having a son serve three tours. But she said she is definitely a proud mom.
Jason ended his service in October 2011. He has since moved back to his hometown of Amherst and began working as a precision ag assistant with Grainland Cooperative. He also has a 5-year-old daughter, Sophie.
Middle son Adam finished high school in 2009 and began college in Rapid City, S.D. He spent a year there before moving to Sterling where he earned his associate’s degree in auto mechanics from Northeastern Junior College.
In April 2011, Adam left for basic training and AIT at Fort Sill, Okla. In August, he moved to Fort Riley, Kan. His MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) is Field Artillery System Data Specialist.
He has also spent three months performing funeral detail, burying fallen U.S. soldiers.
Adam, like his brother, said he never felt pressured from his family to join. He said it provided a good job opportunity. “Being able to carry out my patriotic duty,” he also said.
Adam married Laurette (Beal) Greenman Aug. 20 in Big Springs, Neb. Laurette is also serving her country as a member in the Nebraska National Guard.
Willie graduated from HHS in 2011. He moved to Greeley for college but decided to join the military instead. He withdrew from classes in March and is scheduled to leave for basic training and AIT at Fort Sill, Okla. Aug. 20.
He will serve as a 13 Bravo Cannon crew member. Willie agreed with his brothers that there wasn’t any pressure but the idea was always there. In fact, he has been looking into the idea for the past two years. “It was just kind of the family legacy, I guess you could call it,” he added. “It’s a great opportunity for the future.”
Willie said the three boys “were never close growing up because of the age difference” between Jason and the other two.
Adam and Willie said when Jason was first deployed, it really set in that they never did get real close with each other.
Willie said he was at state basketball in 2007 when he got a text from Jason three days before he was scheduled to leave for his second deployment. That was a bit difficult to swallow, Willie said.
With one brother done with his service, Willie is preparing for his service while also knowing Adam could leave as well.
No matter what they have done, are doing or will do, the Greenman trio is proud to have served the United States of America and carry on something that has run in the family for a long time.
Holyoke Enterprise Aug. 2, 2012