Fitz in the Morning: Troop Salute

Ronnie Carroll of the US Army

We all appreciate and honor any service from someone who does their best to contribute to this great nation’s military. For some individuals that service is a calling. These are the “lifers”, the men and women who find their place in the service and go the whole distance. Today we salute Ronnie Carroll of the United States Army AND the United States Air Force Reserves.
Ronnie’s niece Kristie Bray Dawson asked me to salute her uncle for his tireless service to this nation. Ronnie Carroll knew the soldier’s life was the one for him. He enlisted in the Army at 18 years of age and never looked back. Ronnie served for 30 years in the Army until they forced him to retire. But Ronnie was not ready to hang up the uniform so he found a way to stay in the military. He joined the Air Force Reserves and continued his contribution. Ronnie eventually obtained the rank of Senior Master Sergeant, which is just about as high as one can get in the enlisted ranks. Sadly, Senior Master Sergeant Ronnie Carroll passed away about a year ago. He was over 60 years old. This is a very rare breed of serviceman; his commitment was absolute and lasted a lifetime. A family and a Nation will miss this hero.