It’s been over 36 years since we first arrived at Little Rock AFB. I had just been commissioned as a lieutenant after serving 13 years as an enlisted man, and we were anxious to start our new life. It was a truth as well that nearly every time we took a new assignment, Monica was pregnant and she was on this move.
I started as an executive officer in the 308th Missile Maintenance Squadron and later as a Squadron Commander for the Headquarter’s Squadron.
We had a great house on the road to the back of the base, where one afternoon Monica went into labor early and gave birth to our son John at the local hospital in Jacksonville, AR.
Little Rock AFB did not at that time have a hospital that could handle Monica’s pregnancy.
The emergency C-Section did not go well for Monica and the baby, our son John, was premature so he was transported to St Vincent’s in Little Rock.
We spent the next 6 months with him in the NIC unit there, with some wonderful nurses and doctors. Despite everyone’s efforts, we lost John and this assignment and re-visit is one of our most difficult and saddest. Despite our loss, our assignment there also introduced us to the best of the Air Force Family anyone could ever hope or wish for. We are eternally gratefull to Col. Jim Gray, the men and women of the 308th MMS and 314 Wing, for all their love, support, and understanding.