I’ve been retired long enough (sixteen years) that I no longer know anyone on active duty at those levels. For that matter, very few folks I knew then are still serving.
But a new generation of Americans have picked up the torch and carry it onward. Despite–perhaps because of–the stupidity in Washington (yes, I include the Pentagon in that aspersion), the men and women of our armed forces continue to protect and defend the rest of us.
God bless them all.