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Sergeant Keith Harris

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When I think of a hero, I think of Superman, Batman, or even Catwoman. Very rarely do I think about the men and women in our community, our backyard. We have so many heroes in our midst that we seldom acknowledge them. We seldom thank them for their sacrifices. These heroes constantly risk the chance of seeing their families again to save us and our families; they committed themselves to serving their community and country. They deserve to be acknowledged and thanked for everything they do each day.

Sergeant Keith Harris, a member of the National Guard and the Logansport recruiter, is one of these heroes. He enlisted in the National Guard because he wanted to serve his country but also to continue living his current life at home. The National Guard provided him with the opportunity serve his country while he took care of everything that was important to him. Having met Sergeant Harris a handful of times, I can say that he was made for the National Guard. He puts everything he has into his warriors and constantly pushes them to be better than they were before.

Drew Cable, senior at Lewis Cass and PFC in the National Guard, agrees with me on this: “The biggest impact Sergeant has on me is the strength he gives to all of his warriors to never stop fighting. When you think you have given all you have left in you, he will still pull more out of you that you never knew you had. He does that for me every day of my life.”

When I first met Sergeant Harris, I was not sure what to expect. My perspective of the military had been limited to what Hollywood portrayed it was in the movies: a very angry man who could care less about your feelings. Come to find out, it really is like this, but Sergeant Harris was calm and did not get in my face to shout orders (thank goodness). As a recruiter, his job is to talk to young men and women about the endless opportunities the military has to offer. To me, this job sounds very repetitive and boring, but thankfully, Sergeant Harris finds his job enjoyable.

“I do enjoy being a recruiter. I get to meet, spend time with and train some of the best people in the world, and watch them grow and develop into young men and women,” says Sergeant Harris.

Sergeant Harris’s goal is to guide, train, and mentor those who wanted to achieve their goals. He knows the military isn’t for everyone, but he is still willing to help those in need. He said, “My purpose in life is to help others and help them figure out the rest of their lives. Sometimes, the military is how we make that happen; sometimes it’s not.”

Isaiah Hoff, senior at Lewis Cass and PV2 in the National Guard, said, “Sergeant Harris has been one of the biggest positive influences in my life. I look up to him in many ways. I know he’ll always be there for me.”

Even though Sergeant Harris’s impact as a recruiter will leave a lasting impact on everyone he meets, his impact as a soldier is just as important. His first deployment was in Afghanistan in 2014. During 2015 and 2016, he was a part of a CERF-P. While a part of this, he would be deployed every couple months to respond to natural disasters in the states and globally. His most recent deployment was to Israel in 2016. He plans on doing several more deployments before he retires.

Even with such an extensive military background, Sergeant Harris is just like each of us. He has a family at home that he loves to take care of. His wife has a major part in his military career. Just as he does, his wife also impacts the lives of his warriors. “She supports every decision I make and with every person that enlists, she becomes a mother to another kid,” says Sergeant Harris.

Each time I have met with Sergeant Harris, it always had something to do with the military. It is almost as if he bleeds the National Guard, which he basically does. I asked him about his life outside of the armory, and it showed me that he was just like each of us. Sergeant Harris said, “When I’m not at the armory, I may be at the gym or running if it’s in the morning….In the evenings I try to devote as much of my time to my family as I can. On the weekends I’m probably doing a project around the house, fishing, hiking, or spending time with my family.”

Sergeant Keith Harris is one of those backyard heroes that goes unnoticed by most, but when he is noticed, he leaves a lasting impact on those around him. Even though he constantly tries to recruit me into the National Guard, I never give up an opportunity to talk to him. His wisdom and experiences are one that you truly have to experience first hand. I think I speak for everyone when I say thank you, Sergeant, for everything you do.

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  1. hvest95 on February 28th, 2018 8:39 am

    It’s cool to read a story about someone who is so important to the community but may not be as noticed as he should. We should be proud of these people that use their lives to help others. Great story!

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  2. Brady Hammond on March 7th, 2018 7:50 pm

    Great article, Kirstyn! I love the amount of information you put into this article. You showed all of this man’s great qualities, and the impact he has had on the people you have interviewed. I also really liked how you explained how he is like you and everyone else.

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  3. Madilyn Hoff on March 9th, 2018 1:08 pm

    From the day my brother swore into the National Guard, Sergeant Harris has always been the man to have his door open for anyone. I think this is why I feel he does not get half of the credit he deserves. I love how you went into detail with how genuine he really is. Great article, Kirstyn!

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