Marriott Alumni Magazine

Fall 2014

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Rank & File By Megan Bingham Hendrickson Photography by Bradley Slade Curtis Bedont thought he knew what it meant to be in the military. Though he spent his formative years on bases in foreign outposts, his fighter-pilot father never faced deployment. “In the twenty-two years he was in the Air Force, nothing ever seemed to happen,” Bedont recalls. So when dental-school costs piled up, Bedont opted to enlist, imagining his time in the service would mirror his father’s. After completing basic officer training, he relocated his family to Schofield Barracks in Honolulu. The morning after they arrived, Bedont picked up the remote and clicked on the news. The date: 11 September 2001.

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