Rick Perry served in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Texas A&M
Perry could count on one hand the number of trips he had taken out of his home state by the time he graduated from Texas A&M University, but everything changed when he joined the Air Force.
Flying C-130s, Perry lived in Germany and Saudi Arabia. He flew in Central and South America, North Africa and all over Europe.
"I saw all of these different types of governments and I made the connections to how the people acted and looked, and it became abundantly clear to me that, at that particular point in time, that America was this very unique place and that our form of democracy was very rare," Perry said. " ... That was the greatest gift I received from my years of being in the military, and they really shaped my outlook on the rest of my life."
.....Upon graduation, he was commissioned in the United States Air Force, completed pilot training and flew C-130 tactical airlift in the United States, the Middle East, and Europe until 1977. He left the Air Force with the rank of captain, returned to Texas and went into business farming cotton with his father.
In 1982, Perry married Anita Thigpen, his childhood sweetheart whom he had known since elementary school. They have two children, Griffin and Sydney.
Anita and Rick Perry dove hunting 2010
Perry Awarding Iraqi Service Medals
That he’s loyal to his wife says a lot. He’s a politician, through and through, but he’d be a good nominee, conservative standard-bearer and President I don’t doubt. Keep up the good work.
I LOVE her bouquet, I never saw one like that, with those huge, what are they, lillies?
Very nice, different!
Care to rephrase your earlier reply, Rick Perry fulltimer?
I dont particularly like some of his policies, but I will say this. Judging from many of those photographs, THIS MAN IS 1000X TIMES MORE “AMERICAN” THAN THAT MOST ALIEN MARXIST IMPOSTER IN THE WHITE HOUSE RIGHT NOW.
Wow....that's right in front of the building where I worked...