Friday, April 3, 2009
"I have long stated that my oath of enlistment to preserve and protect the constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic."as well as "to keep true faith and allegiance to the same." did not expire upon my retirement.
In my 27 years of combined active duty and reserve service in the U.S. Army and the Texas Army National Guard I have served in the Artillery, Infantry and deployed to the Balkans as a Combat Engineer. I am a retired Sergeant First Class, and stand by my initial oath of enlistment on October 17, 1958.
This I will defend!
John E. Carstarphen
SFC, EN, Retired