WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- My education journey took a very long time to achieve.
My father never finished high school and my mother finished only two months of nursing classes before she married my father. I was the oldest of six children, and only one of two in my family to receive a college degree. It was never the intention of my parents to not support education; it was a matter of practicality. My family was not financially well off.