“From the time I was about nine years of age, I wanted to be a pilot. We had a small airport about a half a mile from our farm, and every time a plane would land down there, I’d run down there.”
“I think that when you are in a situation where there is either danger, as in combat, or you are working in a high-level government within your own embassy in a foreign country, the friends you make in those difficult times are going to be the ones you keep for life."
David O. Smith
“The United States paid a terrible price for its lack of preparedness after World War II. What I learned ... is you have to prepare because you never know what’s going to happen.”
“Certainly you have to learn the military can be much more than about guns and tanks and soldiers. A lot has to do with interpersonal relationships.”