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May 6, 2004

Ft. Benning - For the past nine weeks, Specialist Jonathan Fallin has been doing a lot of marching, a lot of listening, and a lot of yelling, but basic training is over and so is the yelling, for now.

Fallin says, "It's a relief. It's been nine long weeks. When it started it felt like it was going to be an eternity. First couple of weeks took forever, but last kind of blew by, and I can't believe I'm graduating already. Seems like yesterday that I just left home."

Not only did he leave home, he also left a promising future managing the family business, but he felt a calling to serve his country after 9/11. He says, "Money's not the most important thing in life and personally I wanted to do something that I could really be proud of when I get older, feel like I accomplished something in my life."

His parents couldn't be any prouder of his decision. "I had mixed emotions," says father Joe Fallin. "He's my son. He's my only son. He's my baby boy, but he's not a baby anymore. He's a young man, and I'm proud of him."

His mother Mary says, "He's a grown man now. It really has made him a man, it truly has." Other men and women are transforming into brave soldiers also, a good and necessary thing.

Drill Sergeant James Montgomery says, "It's just not anybody that can join the military at the time that we're at now, knowing that chances are they're going to end up in a combat zone."

That's a chance this soldier is willing to take. Fallin says, "It's something you come to grips with as a soldier. No one wants to go to war, but you do it if you're called." Called to serve.

Specialist Jon Fallin begins Officer Candidate School in about 5 weeks at Ft. Benning. Upon completion he will train at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri for Engineering.

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