WOWT and Fareway have partnered to honor our heartland families
who are actively serving in the military.
If you have been to the Strategic Air and Space Museum, you and your kiddos probably are in awe of those huge planes. We're honoring a military soldier whose father flew one of those planes in our Heartland Homefront series.
One of the aircraft you'll find at the museum is the FB--111, "and this was an airplane that my father spent a little over five years flying," said Air Force Captain Mark Dreiling.
The Air Force is a way of life for the captain.
"My family's been in the Air Force for generations," he said. "Three generations right now."
Captain Dreiling showed us page after page of photos. His grandfather, father, mother and sister have all served our country.
He told us, "My grandfather, who passed away this year at the age of 93, he served during World War II.
Captain Dreiling is stationed at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. He can't tell us specifically what he does, but he did say, "I go to work every day with fantastic people. I am absolutely blown away by the character of the people I work with."
The Dreiling family loves coming to the SAC Museum. In fact, they bought bricks outside with their names on the memorial patio.
"The fact that one of my father's planes sits here in the museum means a lot to me," he said.
Captain Dreiling says if he counted every soldier in his family from generations past it would easily be in the triple-digits.
"Growing up, I was taught the ideals of service and duty from a very early age," he said.
We’re sharing the stories of area military families here on Heartland Homefront on the first Tuesday of each month. The families featured in our coverage each receive a $250 grocery gift card. If you would like to nominate a family for consideration, click here
Footnote: Captain Dreiling declined our customary presentation of the grocery gift certificate, choosing instead to donate it to a young military family.