Craig Thorson has two military families
Craig Thorson is unique in that he has two military families. The first military family he belongs to was started by his father, who is a U.S. Navy World War II veteran and continued by his son who currently serves in the Navy. His other family was the airmen who served at the Des Moines Air National Guard Base.
“That unit was different than active duty; it’s like a big family. People don’t come and go. They stay there,” Craig said. “Unlike the Air Force, where everybody plays musical chairs every three years where you get a new assignment and everybody leaves and you never really have a chance to have long-term relationships. Everybody stays for their 20-year retirement. I got four or five guys I flew with whose sons became pilots.”
When the Des Moines Air National Guard Base announced it was discontinuing the F-16 program, it hit Craig hard.
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