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Air Force ceremony moves from Utah to Kansas so terminally ill father can watch son’s promotion

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A promotion ceremony for an Air Force officer was transferred from Utah to his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, this week for an important family member.

Major Travis Deckert says his father has helped him through tough times since the first day he put on the uniform.

“Thirteen years ago, when I started the Air Force Academy, I hated every day of it,” Travis told Nexstar’s KSNW. However, he said that his father supported him the whole time.

“I hate running the class and carrying my backpack… I hate doing all the push-ups and sit-ups, but one thing’s been true all this time, my dad will always support me,” Travis explained. like. “He was always sending me letters and telling me to never give up because he knew what I would give up if I didn’t make it and I would be able to afford it later if I could finish the Course. Air Force Institute.”

Nearly a decade later, Travis said he received news he never wanted to hear.

“I got a call that my dad was in the ICU, and it led to stage four brain cancer,” says Travis. “Over the past 11 months, I have seen my dad persevere and get through all of these treatments and radiation.”

His father, Don Deckert, has lived 11 months since being diagnosed, but doctors now think he has just a few weeks to live.

It made the moment watching my son get promoted to major all the more special.

Don said: “I am very proud of him. “I’m glad I did.”

It made for an emotional ceremony for Travis. Although it was a bittersweet moment, this one is one he will be able to keep forever.

“I just wanted to say thank you to my dad for supporting me during that time and for the rest of my career,” Travis said. “It is truly an honor to have him present with this gift.”

Travis plans to celebrate his promotion by spending time with his father and other family members during the holidays. He said the ceremony was made possible with the help of his boss, colonel, family and friends.

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JACLYN DIAZ

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