Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Class of '98 Today...

Keith Moon


I never could have imagined the adventures that I have had in the last ten years. After high school I spent two years in France on an LDS mission. It was a marvelous experience. Upon returning, I began my scholastic studies at Ricks College [BYU-I]. I really didn't care for the school that much and decided to go elsewhere. In the meantime I joined the Utah National Guard in a linguist battalion in order to maintain my French language skills. Five months later we were attacked on 9/11. I attended basic training and went to the defense language institute knowing that upcoming deployments were sure to happen. During this time I met my wife Jen. She is an incredible woman who was able to deal with the difficulties of being a military wife. After completing my training I attended the U for two semesters and UVSC for three semesters. About this time both myself and my younger brother were called up for deployment to Afghanistan for 545 days.

I had some incredible life-changing experiences while deployed. My wife and family were a tremendous support to me during this time. Upon returning I was asked to train soldiers permanently. I have been doing so ever since. I have slowly been working on a military degree in intelligence studies/terrorism at American Military University. I am almost completed with my BA and will soon start my MA. I have a two year-old boy that is the joy of our lives and keeps us busy and my wife is due in about a week [23 May 08] with our first girl. I can't wait to see what the next decade brings.

5 comments:

Kirsten said...

You little boy looks exactly like you!!!

What a great sacrifice you have made for our country. That's really amazing.

Kierstin said...

Keith, that is such an amazing life to live in such a short time. Thank you for serving our country and thanks to your cute family for being so willing to let you go. My husband and I are very patriotic and always teach our children about the immense sacrifice of our troops. You're awesome!

pitcherfamily said...

What a cute family. Congrats on the little girl as well. With 5 military bases around us we sure got to know the military life. Thanks for all that you do for our country even you Jen it takes a strong woman to be a military wife. I am excited to see all of the old gang at the reunion. See you soon. Melissa

cucciolo25 said...

Keith, Thank you for your service to our county. I have nothing but respect for you and our military. You have a great-looking family. Congratulations. Keep up the good work and thanks again.

cucciolo25 said...

Sorry, I didn't sign my name.

Thanks again Keith.

Spencer Higginson