WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A man from Louisiana who spent 28 years serving our country in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force was recognized as one of the many "Heroes of Texoma" Wednesday night.
"I had always wanted to join the military, mainly because my family was military members," Retired Senior Master Sgt. Edwin Holland said.
He knew by the fourth grade that he wanted to serve our country, but did give college a try. During his freshman year, he decided that was not for him and he enlisted in the U.S. Army. After serving for nearly two years, Holland decided he needed a change.
"I woke up one day and (said) what am I going to do when I eventually leave the Army and (in) the past I talked to an Air Force recruiter and he (said) I could join the Air Force," he said.
His career took him all over the country. He served five deployments in Korea, Afghanistan, Japan, and Cuba. His time in the Air Force brought him to Sheppard Air Force Base where he met Bob Palma.
"I think Edwin is just a shining example of what can be accomplished in the military if you put your mind to it and your heart in the right place," Palma said.
Although Palma gives Holland a lot of praise, Holland does not consider himself a hero.
"I did my job. I did what was necessary to protect my country and my family," Holland said.
In 2012 Holland retired from the USAF after serving 28 years combined in the U.S. Army and Air Force. He said Wichita Falls is where he plans to stay.