Yesterday was the Marine Corps Birthday, and today is Veteran's Day, so it's a perfect time to write about someone special in my life... my little brother, Col. Jeff Haynes.
He has served our country for 25 years with honor, dignity, and the upmost integrity. We as a family are very proud of him, and thankful for his service.
It is with mixed emotions that he has chosen to retire this month. He, his awesome and talented wife Lori, along with their three kids, are saying goodbye to military life. They have had some wonderful times, along with many tough times. It has not been easy moving every few years, getting the kids situated, and setting up house. Lori is a master at making a house a home, literally, in a day or two.
There is so much I could say about Jeff and his awesome service, but I've decided just to post some random pictures of him over the years, with a little Frenchness tucked in, as always!
These are all fun type photos. I don't mean in anyway to diminish the seriousness of the job at hand... protecting our country!!!!!!
With my oldest daughter, right after Jeff graduated Officer Candidate School.
My husband, with our daughter, and the gifts Jeff got her for Christmas!!!!!!
Commissioning ceremony in Austin, TX, with our parents, 1985.
His beautiful, awesome, and talented wife Lori.
Passing out treats to the Iraqi children.
This was a very dangerous place to be.
This is funny, and not planned. Every single soldier in this photo has a cell phone in his hand, or is reaching for one!!!!
Jeff served alongside French troops in Afghanistan.
More French troops. Jeff is in the very middle of them.
Here is a group of soldiers, just hanging out.
So, Jeff, I salute you! You've shown incredible strength and bravery over the years. I know you will miss the Marines, but as I've heard a few times over the past few days,
"Once a Marine, always a Marine."
Good luck to you and Lori, as you adjust to civilian life. Enjoy your new place in the Texas Hill Country. Relax, kick back, and save us a seat, as you watch the sunset from your backyard. We'll be out to visit, shortly!
I love you!