2 Minute Moment #3
The BentProp Project
Two minutes really isn't enough time to explain why this is a compelling experience for me. As I stated in the video, before becoming a teacher I sent 20 years in the Army. As a sergeant in the Army I was responsible for taking care of soldiers. I feel that the U.S. has an obligation to take care of its military men and women.
All of us who enter the military know that we may be called upon to risk our lives. That comes with the territory. But, we also expect not to be left behind on the battlefield. We expect that our buddy's will continue to fight for us and look for us if we become separated from our unit. We hope that our country will honor its commitment to us and if we are lost or captured fight for our return.
I've been a member of the American Legion since Desert Storm and while the Legion is a veterans organization. I feel that they spend the vast majority of their time lobbying congress and are not completely focused on the plight of POWs and MIA's. What the Legion does is important but I wanted to do more so I joined the BentProp Project.
I feel that the mission is compelling. To search for missing airmen in the Palau Islands. While it is demanding and challenging work it is also rewarding. I'm able to use my former military skills and training in a positive manner. The work is ever changing and rarely boring. Plus I get to scuba dive and work in some potentially dangerous and exciting situations. Something I miss in my new career as a teacher. The chance to travel and work with like minded individuals is also part of this experience being compelling.
The chance to spend time with WWII veterans and their families is also compelling and touching. Just last week a 90 year old WWII veteran contacted me at school. He was a B-24 pilot during the war and flew off of Anguar Island in Palau. He heard about our work in Palau and he asked about a former pilot and friend of his who he watched get shot down over Koror, Palau in 1944. The question he asked were the greatest questions all week in school. The pilot he mentioned is in our records and I've actually seen part of his wrecked B-24. We are still searching for members of that crew.
Being in BentProp is sometimes explained as kinda like being in an Indiana Jones movie.