Jonathon Bussard was in grade school on Sept. 11, 2001 and watched the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on television. Even at such a young age, he felt the call to duty that day. “Seeing it happen and then seeing ground zero had a huge impact on me,” said Jonathon, a California native. “Coming from a military family who always had something to fight for and believe in, that definitely impacted my decision.”
“He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.” —Psalm 62:6-7
Jonathon, 24, joined the Air Force right out of high school. His job as a security force specialist has been to protect the people, property, and resources of the U.S. government. He said he chose this profession out of a sense of duty to country and the desire to support a greater cause. Jonathon’s father also served in the Air Force, so he wanted to keep the family tradition alive.
Stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Jonathon was deployed to the 455th Expeditionary Security Force Squadron in Afghanistan, responsible for security of Bagram Airfield.
Jonathon said, “I needed to do something life changing, and this is the best place to do it. I’m very grateful for it. It’s been the best decision I’ve ever made my entire life.
I talk to my wife regularly. She’s the one who puts that smile on my face and makes me realize who I’m fighting for.”
The benefits of joining the military are strong in many areas—from the need for discipline to college money to job training. But the heart of enlistment always lies in the honor of serving the nation and protecting her people.
MIGHTY KING, may my own honor increase, as I grow more into Your likeness and character.
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