Skip to comments.Face of Defense: Sergeant Donates Hair to Help Children
Posted on 04/09/2008 4:11:07 PM PDT by SandRat
| KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan, April 9, 2008 An Air Force noncommissioned officer who had long hair all of her life decided during her deployment here to let her hair brighten some lives.
I never had short hair, she said. I was raised in Hawaii; my mom has long hair, so its part of my heritage.
Akerson said the decision was difficult, but that it was influenced by her admiration for her mother-in-laws experience with alopecia, a condition of patchy hair loss, most noticeably on the scalp.
I never would have even thought to do something like that had it not been for her being an influence in my life, Akerson said. She has a heart of gold and is the strongest woman I know, so really it was a dedication to her.
She explained she wanted to be with her mother-in-law when she cut her hair, but decided to cut it while deployed because she wanted to donate healthy hair, and the water here was damaging hers.
Although she was unable to be with her mother-in-law at the time, her husband was deployed with her and cut her hair.
It meant a lot to be a part of it and to actually be the one to cut her hair, said Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeremy Akerson, a 451th Expeditionary Communications Flight planner.
His wife said its taking a while to learn how to work with short hair, but that its something she will get used to.
Weve decided that, as long as my hair grows healthy, as soon as it gets up to a decent length, were going to cut it off every year, she said. I dont color my hair, so I guess they will have some white streaks in it when I get older.
Her husband explained it was coincidence and luck they were both deployed at the same time to the same location, especially since they had not been stationed together since December 2006. The couple met in May 2005 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, where they were stationed together. They were married in September 2007, nine months after he was reassigned to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.
The couple hopes to be reunited on a joint assignment in March 2009 after Jenet Akerson meets the time-on-station requirement for reassignment.
(Air Force Tech. Sgt. James Law serves with 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs.)
U.S. Air Forces Central
I have several friends who do this on a regular basis...grow cut grow again cut again.
I’ve done it twice, but, I think my hair’s too grey now....
Maybe someone needs a nice grey wig.
HA....no....last time I sent it in I noticed that there was a “rule” about color....and they didn’t want grey....probably too hard to color.
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