A heartfelt thanks

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. -- Brig. Gen. Kip Self:

Recently, the base honor guard from performed military honors at my father's funeral.

My family and I were very impressed and are very grateful for their services that day. The honor guard traveled several hours each way to get to the National Cemetery in Fayetteville.

They were in perfect form during a strong, cold wind.

Please pass along to them my thanks. It did my heart good to see so many maintenance badges on their uniforms. My father was a maintenance troop for his whole 20 years of service.

My oldest brother and I served in Air Force aviation maintenance, too.

It may interest the members of the honor guard to know that the man they were honoring served in the Pacific in World War II and took part in the Berlin Airlift. Throughout his life, he stayed in touch with friends from his military days, and they were a good influence on my brothers and me.

I have included a photo of the honor guard performing at my father's funeral.

It shows better than words how terrific a job these men did.

Jim Stocker