|CAMP TAJI, Iraq, April 25, 2007 — When the time came for U.S. Army Sgt. Brennen Carter to re-enlist for six more years of Army service, he needed an officer to conduct the oath.
The heavy equipment transport driver from Chillicothe, Mo. chose a man whose leadership and guidance he’s been following since birth: his father, Lt. Col. Bryan Carter.
“My dad has been my hero; I look up to him,” said Brennen. “If anybody was going to re-enlist me, it would be my father.”
Being separated by one country, two mountain ranges, and more than 1,500 miles did not deter either man from making the ceremony. Thanks to video teleconferencing, the younger Carter, stationed on Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, and the elder, on Camp Taji, Iraq, stood face to face.
“I'm very proud of him,” said the colonel. “He’s continuing a family tradition that started with his great-grandfather, back in the trenches of World War I.”
Four generations of the Carter family have volunteered for service to the nation. Bryan’s father served in Korea, his siblings have worn the uniform, and he now serves as the personnel officer for the 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary).