Ever since he was a young boy, Ken Warner wanted nothing more than to serve his country, and Tuesday the Rockford native celebrated the completion of his duties in Iraq with his proud family at his side.
Warner, a member of the Peoria-based 106th Aviation Regiment, landed in Iraq in March of 2004. Soon after arriving, the 22-year-old was up in the sky protecting and refueling helicopters sent out to military action.
Warner was honored to carry out his duties during the birth of Iraq's new democracy. His family is excited to welcome their young veteran home and catch up on lost time.
"The first day I finally got to leave the base. After being there for six months, it was really satisfying to go over the wires and see the country," Warner said.
"I'm extremely proud of my son. Not many kids his age would serve the way he did and also help Iraq create their new nation," mother Jan Warner said.
Warner says he plans on catching up on much-needed sleep in the coming weeks. However, his mom has a group of to-do lists now that her son is back home in Rockford.