“I don't know if I really accepted it, until I walked down the tunnel to get on the Schooner,” Curtis said. “It was unbelievable. Tremendous honor.”
Riding the Schooner “was kind of a blur. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
After Curtis' video message, the screen flashed to the Schooner, with Curtis aboard. His family started sprinting toward him. He jumped off the wagon for a welcome that had 75,000 fans roaring.
Curtis doesn't return to Afghanistan but will have to report to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, for several more weeks.
His family can live with that.
Said Curtis, “It was a great feeling. Not sure how to explain. I can't wipe the smile off of my face.”