Soldier’s been everywhere, nowhere |

Soldier’s been everywhere, nowhere

Post Independent/Pete Fowler

Operation Vacation is a program that brings to the Roaring Fork Valley military personnel who have fought overseas. Bob Johnson, a Realtor for Vicki Lee Green Realtors, in Glenwood Springs, coordinated with the Army to create the program that hosts soldiers in Glenwood every month. Local businesses have donated dinners, entertainment, outdoor activities, lodging and transportation for Operation Vacation participants. For more information about the program, visit Jason Bishop

Age: 31Branch of the military and division: Air ForceFamily: Has a wife, Nicole, and daughter, ChloeWhen and why did you join the Air Force?: I joined the Air Force in mid-1996. And why? I was at a point in my life where … you know I did the college thing and I could fly. I was going to be air crew. Basically I just ran out of stuff to do and that seemed like a good option.

Where have you been deployed?: Everywhere. I’ve been everywhere. Nowhere. Most of the places didn’t have a name – those were the nowhere places. I’ve been to Bosnia, the desert, Germany, Italy, all over Europe … everywhere.When you were being deployed, what did you miss most about home?: I didn’t really miss a whole lot about home. I was busy doing stuff that less than 1 percent of the world gets to do: working as a C-130 loadmaster.What’s that?: Basically I pushed people and things out the back of an aircraft. We flew a lot of support missions.

What’s your favorite food?: PopcornWhat do you like to do in your free time?: Spend time with my family. That’s my biggest deal.What historical figure do you most admire?: You know I thought Gandhi was a pretty righteous dude. He pretty much had her nailed.What are you looking forward to doing while in Glenwood Springs?: Snowboarding at Sunlight and going to the hot springs pool afterwards.

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