Kane Kelley graduated from Pasco High only last year and right after enlisted in the army.
What a difference a year makes.
“It’s changed who I am as a person,” Kelley says. “It gives you perspective and a whole different outlook for the little things back here at home.”
Not a typical teenager anyway, Kelley was already serving in the National Guard during his senior year. (His parents had given him permission to enlist.) He comes from a long line of veterans, with about 45 relatives who have served in one of the branches of the armed forces. The Pasco graduate is training to become a helicopter pilot and plans to attend college following his military service.
Standing there at the podium, wearing his army-issued fatigues, Private First Class Kelley looked or acted nothing like a teenager. He had that composed and humble manner that comes not necessarily with age, but with life experience.
“God Bless America,” Private Kelley told the audience, “and go Bulldogs.”