Delmar pilot stays grounded

"Leadership is so important to society," Steiner said. "The answer to every problem that exists today is to raise a generation of leaders to solve them in the future."

With all this involvement and still being a full-time guardsman, balancing family life is hard.

"I try to include my family in everything I can. It allows me to be there with my kids," Alston said.

In 2007 he deployed to Afghanistan with the 109th, which was hard on the family, but others stepped up while he was away.

"While I was away, my wife had a medical emergency with her mother, and other members of the community stepped in to help us take care of the kids," he said. "The amazing thing is they got a hold of me in Afghanistan within one hour. "

At the same time a terrible storm blew down a tree, which went through the roof of his house in Delmar.

"My wife was still away, but within one day, the roof was covered. This unit takes care of its own."

During a recent deployment to Antarctica, Alston set up a video conference with Hamagrael Elementary School in Bethlehem to use the guard as a teaching tool for students.

"It was a way to connect them to what is going on down there," he said. "Sometimes we (at the 109th) lose sight as to how cool our mission really is. If I can make a difference, I want to be part of it. I have been the beneficiary of many opportunities and I hope that I can offer opportunities to others."

Next week, we will look at Alson's duties as a LC-130 instructor pilot and chief of aircrew training for the 109th during a recent deployment to Greenland.

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