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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Why I Serve: Col. Kris Beasley

Col. Kris Beasley is the commander of the 42nd Air Base Wing at Maxwell Air Force Base.

He comes from a military family and that was part of his inspiration to serve, but like many others, he felt a sense of duty.

“Our founding fathers made sacrifices for use and it’s our turn,” he said. “If you don’t have volunteers, we won’t have that freedom.”

He travels frequently and said he sees places with far less freedoms than those in America and said without the military and service of veterans, it might not be that way.

Although recognition of veterans has increased in recent years, Beasley said they still need to be thanked.

“Our veterans in many cases never received any recognition for what they did, we owe it to them to just say thanks,” he said. “They gave that for our freedom.”

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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