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Vietnam POW re-enlists daughter

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Edward Mechenbier re-enlists his daughter, Master Sgt. Kari Eubanks, Air Force Reserve, 302nd Force Support Squadron, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 5, 2018.

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Edward Mechenbier re-enlists his daughter, Master Sgt. Kari Eubanks, Air Force Reserve, 302nd Force Support Squadron, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 5, 2018. Mechenbier has re-enlisted Eubanks three times in her career and several others in this family over the years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany Lundberg)

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Edward Mechenbier speaks with Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 302nd Airlift Wing, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 5, 2018.

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Edward Mechenbier speaks with Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 302nd Airlift Wing, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 5, 2018. Prior to speaking the reservists, Mechenbier delivered the oath of enlistment to his daughter, Master Sgt. Kari Eubanks, 302nd Force Support Squadron, during her re-enlistment ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany Lundberg)

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Edward Mechenbier speaks with Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 302nd Airlift Wing, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 5, 2018.

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Edward Mechenbier speaks with Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 302nd Airlift Wing, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 5, 2018. Prior to speaking the reservists, Mechenbier delivered the oath of enlistment to his daughter, Master Sgt. Kari Eubanks, 302nd Force Support Squadron, during her re-enlistment ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany Lundberg)

Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 302nd Airlift Wing pose for a group photo with retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Edward Mechenbier, after re-enlisting his daughter, Master Sgt. Kari Eubanks, 302nd Force Support Squadron, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 5, 2018.

Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 302nd Airlift Wing pose for a group photo with retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Edward Mechenbier, after re-enlisting his daughter, Master Sgt. Kari Eubanks, 302nd Force Support Squadron, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 5, 2018. After the ceremony, Mechenbier spoke with the reservists about resilience, his Air Force experiences and time as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany Lundberg)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

It is not every day where a Reserve Citizen Airman is re-enlisted by their parent. It’s especially rare when that parent was once a prisoner of war.

Master Sgt. Kari Eubanks, 302nd Force Support Squadron, received the oath of enlistment from her father, retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Edward Mechenbier, during her re-enlistment ceremony, Aug. 5.

“I love it. This is the third time now. I say this is my last time but we will see. If not I’ll have to ask ‘Dad, one more time!” said Eubanks.

Eubanks came to the 302nd Force Support Squadron within the last year. With this enlistment, she hopes to not only share her experiences, but to learn from the Airmen as well.

Her father, has not only re-enlisted his daughter over the years, but also several others in his family.

“It’s fantastic. It is father pride from ear lobe to ear lobe,” said Mechenbier.

Mechenbier, a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, served 40 years as active-duty Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Ohio National Guard. He began his Air Force journey as an F-4C Phantom II pilot. In June of 1967 during his 80th mission, he was shot down over North Vietnam, captured and was a prisoner of war for approximately six years. 

After the ceremony, Mechenbier spoke with the attending reservists about his Air Force experiences and left them with a message about unity through selfless motivation.

“There are so many things in this world that seem to be disruptive, ‘me first’ and inward focused. This is about ‘we’ and ‘us.’”

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