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Posted on 05/09/2010 6:03:39 PM PDT by SandRat
Sunday, May 09, 2010 08:46
CAMP TAJI Two U.S. Soldiers herea mother and her sonwere reunited when mom recently made an early Mother's Day visit to the Camp.
First Lt. Kenieth Mayweather and his mother, Command Sgt. Maj. Rue Mayweather, greet each other at Camp Taji, Iraq, May 5, 2010. Rue surprised her son with an early Mother's Day visit, when the two toured the Camp together. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Roland Hale
Command Sgt. Maj. Rue Mayweather, USF-I, Critical Thinking Cell, traveled here to visit her son, 1st Lt. Kenieth Mayweather, May 5. The two had been working within their commands to arrange a Mother's Day visit, but Kenieth had no idea his mother was coming to visit him early.
"She's always up to something," the lieutenant said to friends after the surprise. Kenieth had been sternly told by his battalion's operations officer to report to the conference room. Hesitantly, and trying to recall what exactly he could have done wrong, he reported.
"I opened the door and there she was," he said. "It was a priceless moment."
Kenieth is an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter pilot and a battle captain for the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.
During his mom's visit, Kenieth took her on a tour of the Camp, introducing her to his peers, commanders and his favorite the Apache attack helicopter.
Walking around the Taji facilities, the mother and son acted as if they were simply spending a regular afternoon together. While the circumstances of this Mother's Day visit may seem extreme to some, both have grown accustomed to military life. Rue had already been in the Army for 16 years before her son told her he wanted to join the service.
"I told my mom and she was there the whole time with the recruiter," said Kenieth. Initially he enlisted in the Army. After serving several years and reaching the rank of sergeant, he left the military to pursue a college education. After obtaining a degree, he was commissioned as an officer and attended flight school.
When he first joined, Kenieth stood at parade rest for his mother; a sign of respect Soldiers give to those who outrank them. Now, it is Rue who pays respect by saluting her son, a commissioned officer.
The two have a total of 43 years of service in the Army: Rue with 29 and her son with 13. This is the first time the Mayweathers have been deployed to the same country.
"I never thought that Kenieth and I would deploy together," said Rue. "This is an honor for me to actually serve with him at the end of my tour." Rue plans to retire after her tour in Iraq. However, both Soldiers plan to continue visiting each other when possible, throughout the deployment.
"It's wonderful. It's one of the best Mother's Day presents I've had. It isn't materialistic. There's no money, there's no flowersit's just my favorite son, in the fleshand it's wonderful," said Rue.
“Your suppose to salute soldier”
“Mo-Um, not in front of the guys”
What a wonderful story.
Thanks for posting
What the hell is a “Critical Thinking Cell?”
Never underestimate a CSM.....eh, Sandy?
I have no idea.
at your peril underestimate a CSM.
Pretty admirable. What a great story.
May God watch over both of them.
What a sweet and terrific Mother’s Day post. Thanks so much for sharing, and God bless them both.
Great story - great Americans
Great story and the mom doesn’t seem to be an AA promotion either, but her son has been in for 13 years and is only a 1st Lt.? Unless he was a mustang...a little long in grade?
He was a mustang. Prior enlisted, made Sgt. Left the service, got a degree, re-entered as an officer.
On a separate note:
I can just imagine his first time home on leave after entering the Army.
Mom: “If I have to tell you to clean your room one more time, I’m calling your 1st Sgt!”
Son: “Yes ma’am! On it now, ma’am!”
Thanks for the info now I’m even more impressed with the Lt. My CO in the USCG was a mustang one of the best bosses I ever had. She knew the real deal instead of the academy types.