[Editor's Note: For 17 years, LTC Buck wore the MIA bracelet of LTC Mason. He presented it to Mrs. Mason when he brought home and laid to rest his brother. We are honored to be allowed to share his story.]
by LTC Brian Buck,
As a member of the military, I realize that there are times where I may be called upon to lay down my life for the defense of my country, to defend the constitution against all enemies. Some people can't understand this call to duty, they're lost in a world where these are foreign concepts best left for books or TV. This however, has always been a realization for me from the day I signed on, to the days I spent in Sarajevo as part of SFOR, through the year I spent in downtown Baghdad with MNF-I. But all that time I had a reminder with me that it's a price others have been willing to pay for my freedom and it's a duty I owe to everyone else.