Soldier Honored by Kansas House

By Maj. Michael Wallace
105th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Plains Guardian, April 2009

"Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to introduce Captain Aaron P. Isaacson of the United States Army and Kansas National Guard to you and to the members of the Kansas House of Representatives," said Kansas State Representative Elaine S. Bowers(R-107) from the speaker's podium on the Kansas House floor. She pointed to Kansas Army National Guardsman Capt. Aaron P. Isaacson standing nearby. He was recognized for Armed Forces Appreciation Day at the Capitol on Feb. 18, 2009.
"Captain Aaron Isaacson has just recently returned home from his third tour to Iraq and Afghanistan," said Bowers. "As important as we know his job is, he tells me he admires us more for our service in this chamber to the people of Kansas. But I wonder how we can even compare our duties to someone like Aaron who protects our freedom in a way that most of us can't even fathom."
Bowers referred to Isaacson's awards of the Bronze Star and the fact that the paperwork to award him a second Purple Heart had been submitted for his current combat injuries that have left him with a broken leg.
Isaacson has been in the Guard for nearly six years. He joined after the attacks on America because he wanted to make a difference in how America will be shaped in the future. Currently he is an engineer with the 203rd Corps, 2-2 Kandak Embedded Training Team, Company Mentor, Afghanistan, but he is recovering from his injuries at a medical facility in California.
Isaacson was born in Meade, Kan., to John and Robin Isaacson, who both now live in Concordia. He graduated from Hugoton High School in 1995, then went on to college, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Washburn University in Topeka. The avid hunter went to basic training in 2003, then earning his commission at Fort Benning, Ga., in 2004.
"Aaron has always had a sense of duty," says Robin Isaacson, "from my viewpoint, situations that your children are in can be difficult, but I know him well enough that I knew he would go forward with his best foot to handle any situation. He's always had a lot of confidence and pride in everything he's done. It's tough to let your children go in harm's way, but my husband and I had confidence that he would do well and take care of the people he's with because we know him."
Isaacson's father, John, agrees. "Three deployments - it's a real experience having somebody like a son over in the environment of the war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan. But he did what he was supposed to do, as he's always done. We've always been pretty proud of him and I want to thank Representative Bowers for acknowledging his achievements."
When Isaacson is released from his military duties, he will be working for a California Law firm, with the intentions to be a legal assistant while attending law school, but the deployments have put those plans on hold for a while.
"I just keep pushing that back," said Isaacson. "I think it is more important right now to finish what I want to do in the Army."