Letters from home keep up morale for deployed first sergeant
By Airman Josh Harbin , 14th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 10, 2008
COLUMBUS AFB, Miss. --
In the midst of a long deployment, one of Columbus AFB's Airmen was blessed with letters of support and encouragement from his daughter and her fourth grade class.
A group of 27 children poured their thoughts onto paper and cards, offering their best wishes and hopes for a safe return, and packed them into an envelope to be sent overseas.
Master Sgt. George Evans, 14th Medical Group First Sergeant, was deployed to Iraq from December 2007 to April 2008.
Mady Evans, Sergeant Evans' daughter, is enrolled at Caledonia Elementary School; where her teacher, Sandra Murphy, inspired her class to write Mady's father letters of support during his tour.
Murphy said she thought it would be a great way to support our troops.
His wife Angie Evans said, "It was hard for Mady to read the letters that her classmates wrote to her dad because she really missed him. Many of the children told George in the letters that he would be proud of Mady for being so strong while he was gone."
Sergeant Evans, in reflection, said, "It's always nice to get mail but when the letters are from a bunch of 10 year olds and friends of my daughter, they mean a whole lot more. They're something I'll always treasure."
In February, Evans presented Murphy's class with a flag and its certificate of authenticity in appreciation for their help during his deployment.
Mrs. Evans said the certificate was personally signed by him for sentiment, as it was displayed outside his own workplace in Iraq.
"It was really good to be able to tell my dad what I wanted to when he was gone. I'm glad my class was able to write him and tell him how proud of him we were," said Mady.