Happy birthday to my daughter, Aubrey

It was a calm spring day on this day in 1993 when my pregnant wife Angela checked into Army Community Hospital at Ft. Riley, Kansas. It had been two years since I had redeployed back from Operation Desert Shield/Storm and any concerns about possible health issues I could have contracted had passed.

Angela was scheduled for a C-section to give birth to our first child. Both of our mothers were there, but sadly, my mother wouldn’t live to see her granddaughter’s first birthday as in November 1993, she would be diagnosed with liver cancer and pass in January 1994.

But the day was full of such expectation and as I watched, God’s everyday miracle, the gift of life came into our lives. Her name was Aubrey Elizabeth West.

She was a tiny little something, only 5 lbs 6 oz, as she was born one month early. I cried as tears rolled down Angela’s face. Of course we wanted to get back to our home in Manhattan (The Little Apple) Kansas, but were told there were complications with Aubrey’s blood, in other words, jaundice. It seemed that Aubrey had my blood type but there was still residual blood from Angela. She had to stay in the hospital and sit under ultra-violet light with an eye mask. It was painful having to watch our tiny daughter have blood drawn from her little veins. I wanted her to feel my love early so she would lie in my lap under the ultra-violet light as I talked to her. Aubrey even then showed she was a tough, little fighter.

Today, that little bundle turns 21 years old and I could not be more proud of her. She is a scholarship student at Nova Southeastern University here in South Florida — a Pre-Med/Biology major who now wants to be a neonatal doctor and work with,premature babies. She is highly responsible, disciplined, focused, studious, loves the Lord Jesus Christ, and is a solid conservative.

Later today I will bequeath to Aubrey the gift she wanted on this day: a new Taurus PT111 9 mm pistol with a concealed carry holster. She’s signed up for her class and certification, and she’s already a pretty good shot.

I asked God to bless that little daughter of ours and He has exceeded all expectations — as He always does.

So, Happy 21st birthday to Aubrey Elizabeth West. My Mom, your Grandmom passed away, but as you carry her name as your middle name, her spirit lives within you indeed.

Love ya Chili Bean, from your very proud Dad.


  1. Happy Birthday, Aubrey Elizabeth West! Welcome to the world of grown-ups – it sounds like you already have a pretty good start! And best wishes in your studies. I expect to hear wonderful things from you in the future.

  2. I have admired Allen West since the first time I became acquainted with him via TV. It is obvious he has the best interest of our beloved country uppermost in his mind and heart; he is a terrific father; he loves his wife and child; he loves and serves his Heavenly Father. What a beautiful example to follow!! Bless you, Allen West, for being here with us and in our lives when we need you so much!

  3. Aubrey is a beautiful name. She is so fortunate to be loved by a father like you but I suspect she knows that. I too was a Zoology/pre-med graduate from USF but w/out money for med school went to Pharmacy school instead at UF. I’m so glad she will succeed in her area of interest. Sounds like Dad’s story of her birth inspired her to help others as she was helped. Thank you Colonel West for this story of family and love…… of God, country, and fellow man.

  4. A Class Act. An awesome & beautiful family. I knew the first time I had the honor of meeting you that you were a Great American.

  5. What a sweet post, Col. West. I rec’d your new book last Friday and am enjoying it very much. Happy Birthday to Aubrey. She and I share gift preferences, too! You hail from my parents’ birthplaces of Perry and Unadilla, GA. My maternal grandfather is buried at Fort Valley…I spent my youth visiting from Augusta area. Keep up the great work and thank you!

  6. Aubrey is blessed to have wonderful parents like you. May the Lord Jesus bless you and your family, Col. West.

  7. Happy Birthday, Aubrey!

    Don’t hesitate to ask Dad for pointers as you develop your shooting skills as a responsible gun owner…

    From another female gun owner… 😉


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