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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Why I Serve: Maj. Gen. A.C. Blalock

Maj. Gen. A.C. Blalock took an oath to protect the U.S. Constitution. It’s a document he considers the foundation of our country.

Now he’s the adjutant general of the Alabama National Guard and said military service is the basis of the freedoms in America.

“We won’t understand what bad times are in this country until we lose some of our freedoms,” Blalock said.

He settled in the National Guard because it good niche for him and he liked the Guard’s dual mission to the state and the nation when called upon.

Guard allows them military training and an opportunity to serve fellow citizens outside of war time.

For him, Veterans Day is about recognizing all veterans for their service, regardless of when and where they served.

“For everybody who serves there was somebody who came before us and somebody who comes after us,” Blalock said. “They all have that common bond of making sure that America remains what American was designed to be.”

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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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