Have you seen the American flag-waving demonstration at the courthouse this spring? The leaders, Pastor Olin and his wife, Twyla Strader, have two sons in the military. The Straders minister with the Calvary Baptist Church.
One son, Capt. Kent Strader was recently promoted to the grade of Major in the United States Army at Fort Irwin, Calif.
Maj. Strader serves as a Battalion Live Fire Trainer at the Army's National Training Center, also at Ft. Irwin. He has been on active duty for 11 years.
His service at the Center has involved him in training every armored, mechanized and cavalry unit and some airborne units currently deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Strader's assignment history includes being Platoon Leader in the 82nd Airborne Division and Platoon Trainer at the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Ga.
He has been a Company Commander at the United States Army Airborne School, training paratroopers from all services in the Dept. of Defense. Strader also was an Opposing Force Company Commander at the Combat Maneuver Training Center in Hohenfels, Germany.
His wife of 15 years, Amanda, has been active in the military chapel outreach Bible study program, Protestant Women of the Chapel. Both Strader and his wife have been active in the Officer Christian Fellowship, an outreach ministry to officers and their families throughout the Dept. Of Defense.
Major Strader is being reassigned this month to duties in the Southwest Asia Theater for one year. He is the oldest son of Olin and Twyla Strader's five children. Another son, Lt. Scott Strader, is also serving in the military.
Pastor Strader has been active in garnering local support for the military. After Operation Iraqi Freedom began, he organized a weekly gathering of residents in front of the Clay County Court House on U.S. 40. They waved flags and displayed signs to show support for the American troops.
Mrs. Strader was asked how she felt about her sons in the service. "We're proud of all of our children," Mrs. Strader said. "The two in the military, we feel they're reaching goals they've set for themselves. They're doing what they've trained to do and what they want to do. We're very proud of them. Kent is a 100 percent military man."