Kyle Cannon – US Army — Kiss Country Salutes
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This week’s service member submission comes from proud momma Kaye Cannon:
An Army “Hooah” for Kyle Cannon, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist (known in military as EOD) stationed at Ft. Hood, Killeen, Texas. Kyle and his Unit deployed on Tuesday July 17th for a year long tour. Kyle’s wife, Renee, also an EODS, will be deploying in September 2012.
After graduating from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Science / Criminal Justice in 2008, Kyle joined the US Army, leaving for Basic Training at Ft. Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina – March 2009. Kyle struggled to overcome numerous shoulder dislocations during most of Phase I – thanks to all of the marching, drills, standing in formation, inspections, make your bunk with hospital corners & never sleep under the covers because it took 10 minutes off of your morning if you did, and practice waiting…. and waiting … and waiting. When you get bored with waiting, you’ll be allowed to practice waiting some more.
On April 19th, 2009, Kyle was summoned to the Army Chaplain’s office to learn that his father, had suddenly passed away. As he traveled home to spend time with family and friends and say goodbye to his Dad, I could see that he was more determined to be successful – to do this Army thing … to honor his Dad. Graduation day came late May, 2009 and Kyle truly felt that his Dad was there to cheer him on – To say “Son, you make me proud” – After completing training at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, Kyle traveled to Eglin AFB, Florida to complete EOD training at the consolidated Explosive Ordnance (EOD) training facility.
“Blowing stuff up,” would be Kyle describing what he does as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist and he would be smiling. We are bomb experts with skills and nerves to “kill” explosives. It is one of the few jobs in the Army where you are not actually killing people but saving lives. Despite the dangers, EOD work appeals to Kyle for the adventure, seeing the result of the mission . . .
God Bless Our Troops – - – Till They All Come Home
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