Meet Major Henry A. Avellaneda

(Submitted photo) Avellaneda as a JROTC Instructor, with one of his students. By Danika J. Hopper Caloosa Belle Local veteran, Henry Avellaneda, served in the Air Force for 20 years, retiring from active duty, as a Major in January, 1996. “I really enjoyed my time in the Air Force. It was a great experience that […]

U.S. Sgt. E-3 Harlee S. Harn

Being able to interview our local veterans, and share their stories has become such a wonderful part of my life. When learning about Harlee Harn’s years in the Air Force, and his life after getting out, I found out this American Hero had to wait nearly 38 years for his first Veteran’s benefits. “When I […]

A Veteran’s Story: Robert S. Kirkwood

I recently asked Bob Kirkwood, long time Treasurer of the Disabled American Veterans LaBelle Chapter 144, to tell me about himself and his military experience. Entering the Air Force in February 1963, he was sent off to standard basic training at Lackland AFB, TX. He reminisces about those first, early mornings at basic, “One morning […]

LaBelle’s Own Airman Ryan Perry: Called to Serve

While LaBelle is an amazing and wonderful community, life in a small town like this can sometimes feel isolating to the kids who grow up here. While they sometimes seem out of reach, there are many different opportunities for our youth to get out to see the world, experience different cultures, and have new experiences. […]