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Salute to troops from 'one proud Army Mama'

  • First Lt. Terry Johnson is currently deployed with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan

Tonya Graves gives her salute to her son.  She writes:

"This salute goes to my son First Lieutenant Terry Johnson who has been serving in the U.S. Army for seven years and he is currently deployed in Afghanistan. Terry started his career in the Army as a specialist and was fortune enough to be selected for the Green to Gold Program.  He received his master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and was commissioned in March of 2011.  Terry left for Afghanistan in November.  He is happily married to the love of his life Elise and they are the proud parents of 4 wonderful children.  Zak is 8, Langston just turned 3, Gianna will be 2 in just a few weeks and Samarah is 7 months old.  Terry is truly a hands on daddy.  He calls and Skypes as often as he can.  As you can imagine his phone and videos calls are priceless.  Terry is determined to keep his strong, loving connection with his family.  There is a 10.5 hour time difference but he makes it work even if he has to stay up very late to make those calls home.  Terry is a great soldier, father, husband, son, brother and soldier.  He loves the Army and is very proud to be in uniform.  I see firsthand the sacrifices that Terry and all the troops make everyday.  Keep leading with confidence.   Merry Christmas we love and miss you so much.  We are so proud of you.  We keep you in our daily prayers. God bless you and all the troops.  Keep safe. I am one proud Army Mama – Love and hugs to you son."

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