On Sunday, July 16 TSgt Jennifer Darlin returned home to Milford after her six month deployment in Qatar. It was at the eleven o’clock service at Calvary United Methodist Church that the Darlin family and congregation surprised Darlin’s son Colton during the Children’s Sermon. Pastor Dr. Paul Isaacs explained the day’s sermon to a group of children at the altar as TSgt Darlin walked down the aisle to greet her son.
“It doesn’t feel real yet..,” said Darlin when asked about her feelings on being home in Milford. “but it feels good.”
Darlin has a proud family history of military service as her father retired from the United States Air Force Reserves and her grandfather served during World War II . “I didn’t see my future without a uniform in it,” she said. “[My experience in the Air Force Reserves] has been nothing short of amazing and satisfying. I have a servant’s heart and this has given me an opportunity to serve my country.”
A member of the 512th Air Wing, 46 Aerial Port Squadron, Darlin has served in the United States Air Force Reserves for the past eleven years. Assigned to six months deployment with the 379 Air Expeditionary Wing, 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron at Al udeid Air Base in Qatar, TSgt Darlin served as a Passenger Services Supervisor moving war fighters down range and back home safe to their families.
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As a civilian, Darlin works as a 911 dispatcher for the Delaware State Police and will be attending school full-time on the GI Bill. See hopes to graduate and become an officer for the Delaware State Police. She is also a member of the Milford VFW Auxiliary and American Legion.
Raising a young son in Milford while continuing her aspirations for the future, Darlin wants her son Colton to understand the importance of service. “I want him to know that life is bigger than yourself, service before self,” she said. “I am doing it for my kids and every American that cannot serve.”
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