“He’s got heart. He didn’t quit,” said battalion Command Sgt. Maj. Marion Mike.
Dilling’s parents, sister, two aunts and oldest son attending the graduation.
Spc. Jonathan Dilling, 259th Quartermaster Battalion, Fort Carson, Colo., said it felt “different” to see his father graduate just weeks after seeing his younger brother graduate.
“I expected my brother to follow in my footsteps, not my dad,” he said. The specialist smiled and said that if he and his dad served in the same location, he would probably still outrank his dad.
With basic training complete, the oldest soldier in the Dilling family is now at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., learning small arms and artillery repair.
“It’s been an interest of mine,” Dilling said, “and I’m looking forward to a new challenge.”