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Henry County brothers inspired to serve

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U.S. Army Capt. Ronald Henderson (left) and his brother U.S. Army CW2 Tom Henderson (right) stand with their mother, Penny Henderson.

(Special Photo) U.S. Army Capt. Ronald Henderson (left) and his brother U.S. Army CW2 Tom Henderson (right) stand with their mother, Penny Henderson.

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

Chief Warrant Officer Tom Henderson said he was proud to rejoin the ranks of the military. He and his younger brother, Capt. Ronald Henderson, re-enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2009.

"My dad raised us with a great respect for our country and our government," said Tom Henderson, 35. "I am proud to serve the military. Of course, they take care of me, too. And I'm happy to serve for others who can't, and would. There are a lot of other guys who would love to serve, but can't."

The chief warrant officer, in his second tour of duty, is a Black Hawk helicopter pilot. He said he first served from 1997 to 2001, and worked as a senior loan officer at a local bank before rejoining the military. He is scheduled for a tour of duty in Afghanistan within the next year.

Tom Henderson's brother, 33-year-old Ronald Henderson, first served from 2004 to 2008. He rejoined a couple of years ago, after completing two combat tours in Kuwait and Iraq. He earned the Bronze Star Medal.

Ronald Henderson had worked in sales of public safety equipment, making use of a criminal justice degree he earned from Georgia College and State University.

"I returned to the Army, because this is where we felt God wanted us," said Ronald Henderson. "It had been my lifelong plan to join the military. I knew that I didn't want to be 65 years old and know that I could have served, but didn't."

The younger brother, a 1996 graduate of Eagle's Landing Christian Academy, in McDonough, was installed July 15, as a company commander at Fort Lee, Va.

"Fort Lee has been wonderful. I truly love my job and the people I work with everyday," said Ronald Henderson. "I took command of the Quartermaster Basic Officer Leader Course Company ... as the company commander. It is my responsibility to ensure the administrative wheels turn, i.e., that soldiers are getting paid, lodging issues are worked out, etc."

The Army captain, following in his brother's footsteps, is now primarily responsible for the health, welfare, and morale of as many as 250 quartermaster lieutenants on any given day.

"Nothing could make me more proud to know that I may have paved the way or influenced him," said older brother, Tom Henderson. "He outranks me now as well. "We're both really proud to serve," he continued. "I push it back to mom and dad giving us a sense of what right looked like. And this is what right looks like."

The brothers' parents, Don and Penny Henderson, expressed equal adoration about the achievements of all their children. Their eldest, 36-year-old Donny Henderson, is a gospel singer.

"I'm very proud of them," said their father. "They are men's men. I'm more proud of their character than I am of their accomplishments. When I look at what I do have, I have more than most. My family has been my blessing."