Jim Montana has five reasons to be proud. In addition to his own Air Force service, Montana’s four sons are all in the military, albeit not in the same branch.
Lance Corporal Andrew Montana, 30, represents the U.S. Marine Corps. Over the course of five years, he has completed three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Specialist E-4 Samuel Montana, 26, is in the U.S. Army Guard. He has completed six years.
Benjamin, 24, is a member of the infantry and a lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. He has completed four years.
Son Jacob is a corpsman, Petty Officer 3rd Class, in the U.S. Navy. He currently is stationed in Pensacola, Fla.
Their father said he and his son’s mother are “super proud” of them deciding to serve their country.
“The military was a good for making you grow up,” said Jim Montana, a sergeant with the Norwalk, Ohio Police Department. “It makes you start your life.”
Montana, who was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, was an Air Force police officer for six years.
“When I went into the military, they made me a police officer and I went to the police academy.Police work became a calling. I really enjoy almost every moment of it. That’s when I realized where God wanted me to be,” Montana added.
Montana doesn’t believe his sons entered the military to make it a career.
“I think they wanted the chance to serve their country and take advantage of the college school program,” he said. “I don’t think my being in the military specifically influenced them. I had talked about (my experience) and I talked it up as getting you to jump-start your life.”
Specifically, Samuel wanted to go into the Army so he could afford to finish paying for college.
Montana’s sons are the third generation of service, although Montana’s father had completed his military service prior to his son’s birth.
“I never thought of (us) as a military family” he said. “Dad was successful and that’s why I decided to do it.”