Recently Eisenhower G/T students had a very special visitor. Anthony Gardull, a 2005 Clay High School graduate, visited our class. We first met Anthony through letters that we sent to him while he was away at war in Bagrum. The reason that this visit was so special is because Anthony was home on leave from the war, and he took time out of his day to spend some time with our class.
We learned that Anthony joined the military right out of high school. When Anthony went to training camp, he wasn’t intimated by the trainers. He actually thought it was funny when they yelled at him. He and his brother are stationed together in Bagrum. This makes being so far away from home a little easier on both of them. They are both military police and share the same rank of sergeant. Anthony is part of the 73rd police battalion. Every day Anthony follows the same schedule: get up, eat breakfast, go to work, come back and go to bed.
Our class got to ask him a variety of questions. I think our class was very interested in his visit. He explained to us about his uniform. One question we asked was why the flag on his uniform is backwards, and he told us that it represents moving forward and never retreating. It was interesting to listen to him talk about what it is like to be in a war zone. It takes a very special kind of person to be able to do this type of work. Not everyone is cut out for it. Anthony has six more months to serve before his assignment is complete.