WICHITA FALLS, TX - Newschannel 6 welcomed Chief Master Sergeant Leon Calloway as one of the many Heroes of Texoma Wednesday.
Leon was not particularly interested in joining the military so he went to college instead until the money ran out. It was then his brother, who was a captain in the reserves at the time, decided to try and steer him in the right direction.
"For two years he kind of pressed on me to join the military and I told him I wasn't going to join, wasn't never going to join and life tends to kind of change your mind," Chief Master Sgt. Leon Calloway said.
The newlywed and father joined the United States Air Force at the age of 26.
"They called me grandpa when I was in basic training," Leon said.
His nearly 20-year career and counting has taken his family all over the country. They've lived in Ohio, New Mexico, Texas and even Alaska.
"I actually liked it growing up. I think the fact that you get to go around the world and meet different diverse cultures, especially when we went to Alaska, it gives you a different perspective on life," Leon's daughter Olivia Calloway said.
During his time in the USAF, he has been deployed four times.
"You know you're always worried because of course they're deployed, but he did regular communication. I tried not to watch the news a lot when he was deployed," Leon's wife Crystal Calloway said.
Chief Master Sgt. Calloway is signed up to give 30 years in total to our country and if he could do it all over again, he would.
"It has been a great ride. I love the air force," Leon said.
Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6