By Airman Rhett Isbell
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example,” said Benjamin Disraeli.
For one family, the legacy of vowing to protect and defend America is passed on from father to son.
The Evans family journey began with their son’s appointment to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy. Master Sgt. Paul Evans, 19th Security Forces Squadron logistics superintendent, has encouraged his son, David, to do his best and always lead the way – something that came naturally to his son.
“He’s always had an interest in the military,” Sergeant Evans said. “He’s always been the leader of the pack.”
In 2004, Sergeant Evans adopted his son, David. Without fully realizing the dedication and the strength their relationship would foster in each other at the time of the adoption, Sergeant Evans can reflect on their time together with pride.
“Growing up, I always thought it was the coolest thing that my dad was in the military,” said David, a native of Browns Mills, N.J. “As I grew up I realized (patriotism) was about serving our country and a love for the nation.”
Back in the era of the battle dress uniform, Sergeant Evans would polish his boots to a high shine, while he and David would watch old World War II movies. These little moments helped David develop a strong bond with his father and a love for the military.
“I would meet him and his mom at a park on base while I was on patrol and I’d let him climb around the patrol car, that really helped grow his admiration for the Air Force and law enforcement,” Sergeant Evans said.
To further his development and deepen his life experiences, David entered the Boy Scouts and eventually earned the rank of Eagle Scout while in high school.
Upon starting high school, David joined the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, to get a taste of the military.
“I felt the need to join JROTC because I really want to serve my nation and be the best I can be,” David said.
During his senior year at Cabot High School, David was accepted to the USAFA. Now a graduate, he looks forward to the trials and adventures the USAFA will offer.
“Even though I am excited to be accepted, no one is more proud than my dad,” David said.
As David prepares for the USAFA he reflects on the love, support, and guidance his father invested in him.
“I’m looking forward to changing from an eagle to a falcon,” David said.
Fathers raise their children hoping to pass something on. For the Evans family, that legacy will be serving in the military.
“Looking back at how my wife and I raised him, it’s obvious that the Air Force core values played its part,” Sergeant Evans said. “We are very proud he will be serving his country as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.”