Organization devotes time to veterans

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Airman 1st Class Timothy Lopez, 27th Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron, takes a walk with retired soldier William Conrad, during a visit to the Thomas E. Creek Veteran Medical Center in Amarillo, Texas on Aug. 28.

By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs

History lies within all of us, and for members of one Cannon organization, more than 60 years of military experience was shared between veterans.

The Middle Tier, an organization representing junior noncommissioned officers, visited the Veterans Hospital in Amarillo, Texas, on Aug. 28, located 90 miles from Cannon.

Many members of the organization said they felt humbled to meet patients of the hospital.

“My grandfather was in World War II,” said Staff Sgt. Tony Pisula, 27th Special Operations Mission Support Squadron. “I get the chance to meet other WW II veterans.”

“We’re always talking about the freedom we provide the United States. Well, we get to see what these individuals sacrificed and the freedoms that they’ve given us to be in the military today,” added Pisula.

“The wealth of knowledge these individuals provide is incredible,” said Staff Sgt. Ricky Frye, 27th SOMSS and Middle Tier vice president. “I’ve learned so much today, more than I’ve had in some history classes.”

During the day, airmen enjoyed lunch with Korean War veterans, happy hour with Vietnam veterans and the fresh air and sunshine with WW II veterans.

Senior Airman Bryan Karason, 27th SOMSS and part-time bartender, served the veterans non-alcoholic pi