Philip Prince's https://wishofalifetime.org came about due to a weight he'd carried from the moment his brother Palmer died. Philip was in basic training at the time and could not come home for his brother's service. The inability to properly pay his respects to his brother was something that Philip carried with him throughout his exemplary life. I will never forget the moment that Philip threw the wreath into the water off the coast of Okinawa at the coordinates where his brother’s remains had been laid to rest. Philip had carried that weight on his shoulders for 67 years. The weight came off before my eyes, reminding me of the types of things that really matter to us. No matter how old we are, there are always things that are important to us. Being with Philip that day was one of the most meaningful moments of my life.
Our trip had come full circle and on our last full day in Okinawa it was appropriate that we visited Kadena Air Force Base. Major Christopher Anderson and Casey Connell gave us a tour of the base and made us feel at home. We both continued to learn a lot. I think that it had only been more helpful to Philip and myself to see the ultimate impact of Palmer’s service to his country. Kadena is the largest Air Force installation in the Pacific and home to the 18th Wing, the largest combat air wing in the Air Force. As we were there, we were reminded of the impact of this base as the Chinese and Japanese postured over a couple of islands nearby. In today's world, the importance of this base can not be overstated.