One Family, a Century of Service

Submitted by:
James H. Newman, Lt Col, USAF (Ret)

I retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel with 24 years, 8 months of service. In 1970, I served in Vietnam at the same time as my father, Colonel James W. Newman, US Army, (deceased) and my younger brother, Commander Michael S. Newman, US Navy, (retired). Both Mike and I were pilots. Now my youngest brother, Lt. Colonel John R. Newman, US Air Force, is serving in Afghanistan. Together, the four of us have a total of 102 years of military service spanning 66 years with combat service in WWII, Vietnam, Desert Storm and now, Afghanistan. So, yes, we are indeed a proud “military family” and we do take the time to tell our “replacements”, the brave young generation of patriots who serve today, that their service is absolutely vital to our Republic and all for which it stands.

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