We’re off to Fort Bragg for the weekend to celebrate a very special man – my father in law, Colonel Rallis.
He’s had a lot of stops in his career, Fayetteville, North Carolina being his last on the military front after turning the big 6-0. He started with undergraduate at what my family refers to as ‘the real USC’ and Northern Arizona University, then putting himself through law school at Southwestern University in LA. He was the sixth in his family to do so (his dad, two uncles, two brothers), all of which were sworn into the Supreme Court. Dad practiced family law in Orange County, and continued on to get his Masters in Military Law from the University of Virginia.
But he didn’t stop there. Commissioned into the Army as a1LT into the Judge Advocate General’s Corps at the age of 33, he rose to the rank of Colonel before retirement. He has served in Afghanistan and Iraq, was activated in Desert Storm, received the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award presented at the Pentagon – this man is a force, and we are proud to call him family.
The Rallis crew also got in on the mix throughout the years, earning the Association United States Army Volunteer of the Year Award in 2008. My brother-in-law, Justus, has also served in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, and is currently in the IIR.
This weekend we celebrate Colonel Rallis and his retirement, but his career is far from over. In a few weeks Dad will start seminary at Campbell University – a different direction, but a true calling. We are so proud of all of his accomplishments, but with a ‘rap’ sheet like this one, we know he’s just getting started. Congratulations Dad, we can’t wait to see what’s next.