Called to Serve

By Natalie Darley


Capt. Edwin Gomez already lived a full life before coming to the United States. In a stable career as an officer in the Ecuadorian Air Force, Gomez had everything he wanted while serving his birth country. However, this all changed on the morning of September 11th, 2001.

While returning from class at the Ecuadorian Armed Force’s version of intermediate level education, he entered the common area’s recreation room where some of his classmates were gathered around a television screen.

“At first I thought it was a scene from a movie,” said Gomez, as he watched in disbelief as news footage from the United States showed a grim picture. “I could not believe what I saw.”

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