Updated: September 10, 2021 08:42 PM
Created: September 09, 2021 08:09 PM
Colonel Curt Grayson grew up with the guard, since his dad was an airman. He decided it was the path for him, too.
"I joined right out of high school, in 1992," he shared. After a few years on the ground, it was time to give flying a try.
"I was selected to go to pilot training, in the 1998 time frame," he said.
After terrorists attacked on 9/11, he and the other fighter pilot were the only ones up in the air.
"Flying over Minneapolis airport with no airplanes going in and out, it was surreal," he said.
Those combat air patrols kept them in the skies, night and day.
Grayson shared more about their missions ever since. "Things changed. Where we went before 9/11, it was the war on drugs. So we were in places like Panama, Puerto Rico. And after 9/11, we ended up in Afghanistan and Iraq."
During those deployments, his family grew. Two of his four kids are now in the Air National Guard. "They'll do that part time, and go to college," he said.
He's proud to see this next generation sign up to serve their country. Most of whom were born after that terrible day.
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