By Sonya Cole
January 21, 2014
My brother, Chad E. Reese Chief Warrant Officer 3, decided to do what so many great men before him had done and he joined the United States Marines as soon as he graduated from Colbert High School in May of 1994.
Over the past 20 years my brother has seen much of the world and the beauty and also the sadness it has to offer and he has never regretted his decision to serve our country as a U.S. Marine. My brother specializes in CBRN which is chemical, biological, and neurological and weapons specialist and he is currently stationed at Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan. December 30, 2014, will mark his 20 years of service to the United States of America. (For Christmas my brother and his entire family (this is very rare and quite expensive) were able to come back to the states on vacation and were with family in Idaho. They were scheduled to fly back to Japan on January 3rd, 2014.)
My son, Trevor N. Cole left for boot camp on October 21, 2013, and was influenced by my brother at a young age to join the Marine Corps. My son talked of my brother often and dreamed of someday becoming just like him. Trevor graduated Colbert High School in May of 2013 and excitedly went to sign up to be a United States Marine. Boot camp is a 13 week stint for the boys who sign up to become men as a U.S. Marine.
It is grueling on the body, mind and soul. It literally separates the men from the boys. Toward the end of boot camp there is a 54-hour test called “The Crucible,” and it is the most challenging test a young man must face to become a U.S. Marine. On January 7, 2014, my son, Trevor Cole, embarked upon this journey with courage and strength and a deep-seeded faith that God would carry him through to the very end and he would succeed in becoming, as his uncle before him, as well as so many great men had before him, a United States Marine. He did indeed succeed on his mission in the early morning of January 9, 2014, as he made his final decent upon the mountain they call the Reaper. To Trevor’s surprise The Marine Corps had allowed my brother, Chad Reese to be at the top of that mountain to congratulate his nephew in becoming his brother, comrade, and now fellow Marine. As I mentioned earlier, my brother was scheduled to go back to Japan on January 3, so, how was he able to be in California on January 9 you ask?
Well, this is the awesome part of the story. They flew from Idaho to Utah and the fog was so thick their flight laid over and the next day they were able to get a flight to San Diego, Calif., but had to wait a whole week before there was another flight leaving for Japan which meant they stayed an extra week in California. My brother traveled to Camp Pendleton and asked if he could be there when my son reached the top of the Reaper. This courtesy just doesn’t happen but the Master Sergeant approved a 10-minute time slot that my brother could see and talk to my son after he received his eagle, globe and anchor.
My brother excitedly thanked the Master Sergeant and rushed to get cammies embroidered as he had not brought any of his official clothing on vacation with him to the States. In the early morning of January 9, my brother caught a ride up with the photographer to the top of the Reaper. Oorah!
God orchestrated the entire thing so beautifully. In a nation that reports so much negativity and sadness why not report something so wonderfully great too? They are the Pride of Oklahoma and the future of the United States of America!