Center students learn history from first-hand accounts
By JUDY SHERARD
Students at The Learning Center went outside the textbook Thursday hearing first accounts of historic events.
"We are excited to offer a new event for our students this year called Living History Day," Sondra Hickert, TLC instructor, wrote in an email.
Hickert presented background information on Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam.
Thursday afternoon about 25 students heard Lt. Col. Jerry Molstad, PA, recount his experiences in Iraq and Kuwait.
Molstad began his military career in the Air Force reserve, and served as flight surgeon at McConnell Air Force Base for 16 years.
He later joined the Missouri National Guard in Sedalia, Mo., and serves as flight surgeon for the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade.
"My job is to take care of the pilots, and also the patients in the back."
Two of his six children and two sons-in-law also are serving in the military.
For his most recent tour, he shipped out to Kuwait in August 2012 for a 9-month tour.
"Somebody had to go over and take care of our kids," Molstad said when asked why he serves.
During the morning session author and Vietnam veteran Wayne Purinton discussed his experience as a soldier and the journey of healing that followed.