January 1, 2009  

Not second class

After 25 years’ service in active and reserve capacity, I am quite fine with “reserve” in my title. I never considered my service to be second-class, and I don’t give credence to anyone who may hold that perspective. I’m proud of my accomplishments, and I don’t need to change my title to validate my contributions.

Lt. Col. Michael E. Hopper (ret.)

Air Force Reserve Rockwall, Texas