Archive for Thursday, April 14, 2005

Family honors EHS graduate going to war

April 14, 2005

Family and friends gathered Saturday to honor a soldier in the U.S. military who is on his way to Iraq.

Sid Pastor, a 2000 graduate of Eudora High School, is headed to Iraq this month after a short visit at home. He had been serving in Mildenhall, England, before his visit.

Pastor said he knew the location in Iraq he would be sent but could not say where that would be. He said he would be working on power production, supplying a U.S. military base with electricity. He expects to be in Iraq for about four months.

Pastor has been in the Air Force for one year.

"I wanted to serve my country," he said. "A lot of people don't do that. They take what they have for granted."

Military service is a tradition in Pastor's family. His father and grandfather were both Navy soldiers.

Pastor said he supported the military presence in Iraq and said his military friends who had already been in Iraq were warmly received.

"I think what we're doing is right," he said. "I don't think the media really portrays the feelings of the Iraqi nationals. They love that they have a democracy The Iraqis definitely love that they can vote now, and they don't like that some terrorists are trying to take that away from them."

After graduating from high school and before joining the military, Pastor attended Johnson County Community College and Allen County Community College, where he played soccer for a year.

He said he planned to be in the Air Force for at least six years and hoped to make it his career.

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