"He's fulfilling his dream and he was so excited that his grandfather, a World War II Air Force bombardier pilot, could come and commission him," expresses the young graduates father.
Among 989 members of the U.S. Air Force Academy's class of 2019, Joseph Kloc was the only one who received a little more than just his graduation degree. A sweet gesture from his family turned this proud moment in Kloc's life into a beautiful memory that was perennially etched in the mind of everyone present during the ceremony. His 101-year-old grandfather flew 1500 miles from Amherst, New York just to commission his grandson at the function that gives undergraduates their first military assignments reported CNN.
What made this gesture even more meaningful was the fact that his grandfather himself used to be a bombardier and a pilot for the US Army Air Forces, during World War II and has served his country well. Joseph's grandfather was accompanied by his father, Willaim, and both witnessed Joseph graduating last week from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Expressing his happiness Joseph's father told WGRZ before leaving for his trip to Colorado, "I'm so excited for him." He further expressed, "He's fulfilling his dream and he was so excited that his grandfather, a World War II Air Force bombardier pilot, could come and commission him."
The Air Force Academy captured this wonderful moment on camera and later uploaded it on their page. They wrote: Today, Joseph Kloc was commissioned by his grandfather Walter Kloc. The 101-year-old WWII veteran traveled all the way from New York for this moment. Walter received a standing ovation, and everyone in the room was gifted with a memory they'll never forget. #USAFAgrad 🎓
When Walter was first presented with the opportunity to fly hundreds of miles away just to commission his grandson into service, he could not control his excitement and jumped at the very thought of doing so reported WGRZ. His wife expressed her elation by conveying that she was "Absolutely thrilled and excited" about this ceremony. Walter himself was raised in Michigan and went the war ended the World War II veteran started working for General Motors.
Witnessing his grandson graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado was a dream come true. He did share a little message with the outlet that he would be giving his grandson before commissioning him. "Congratulate him on his great work and what he's done and wish him a good future," he said. After the picture of Joseph's grandfather commissioning him was uploaded by the Air Force on their page, Joseph took to Facebook and explained how this event was "(p)robably one of the best days of my life."
I was privileged to have witnessed a retired Army officer don his dress uniform and attend his grandson’s commissioning after ROTC. His voice cracked and he briefly cried before administering the oath of office to his grandson. It’s a sight to savor and cherish.— (((Richard L. Tackett))) (@RichardLTackett) June 5, 2019
Netizens couldn't help but appreciate this beautiful moment between a grandfather and his grandson. Carla Baltodano Cardenas wrote: Your heart Overwhelmed with such an Honor & Blessing /thank you for sharing this precious moment. Kim Kublie congratulated the two and wrote: Love this! Thank you for your service, Walter Kloc! Congratulations Joseph! Way to carry on the family legacy of service! Lisa McFadden jotted down her thoughts on this ceremony and wrote: THAT is what it is all about indeed. Character. Blessings. Service. A very special day. Thanks for sharing ❤️.
Squadron 38 All-Stars. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room, he was amazing. Thank You, Major Kloc, for your service 🇺🇸, wrote Courtney Weeth. An overwhelmed Bonnie Ely Sliper wrote: Oh my heart! ❤️ What an honor for Grampa Walter Kloc and Grandson, John Kloc. Thank you both for your service and sacrifice. ❤️🇺🇸❤️ Marsha Brown expressed: Congratulations to all...a commissioning is a very special and honored event...many well wishes are extended... Such a blessing for his grandfather and parents to be able to actively participate 🤗🇺🇸 Kit Harriger shared his own experience as he wrote: In 2011 when Sam graduated from AFA my dad, then in his mid 80’s, commissioned him and his roommate as officers. Because my dad was a Naval officer and aircraft carrier pilot for 25 years he got in a couple of jokes about Navy vs AF. Wonderful memory for our family.