SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- A crowd of fans honored a local U.S. Army Reservist who hit his 30-year mark in the military on Friday night.
Colonel Greg Adams thought he was going to a football game to help his daughter set up for homecoming, but was in fact the guest of honor that evening. He joined the Army when he was 26 and worked his way up in ranks.
Col. Adams is the Director of the U.S. Army Emergency Preparedness Program, and his job is to deploy troops in times of national disasters.
"I just felt really overwhelmed," Col. Adams said at the celebration. "I didn't expect it and in some ways felt like I didn't really deserve it."
But his wife, Ann, disagrees. And she wanted everyone to know how impactful her husbands job is.
"Hurricane Katrina. You see all those boots on the ground? That was him who sent them there," Ann Adams said.
She surprised her husband by making him the guest of honor at the Central Valley High School football game. It is a school he has close ties to. Col. Adams commanded a former student who lost his life in Iraq.
"I contribute my experience with some who have lost their lives, but maybe a bit of how I feel about them was here with me tonight," Col. Adams said.
As a former football player himself, to be the guest of honor and to get to throw the coin toss is something Col. Adams said he will never forget.
"To actually toss the coin and to see those young men facing each other with a look of home in their eyes and to tell them to play their best and have integrity," Col. Adams said.
Ann said she just wanted people to appreciate what her husband does, and she hopes that he inspires someone else to step up and do something good too.