American Hero Raised by a Single Mom in Baltimore Leaves POWERFUL Message for Protesters

It is impossible to know how many of the Baltimore protesters fall into the general statistics for the black community, where less than 30 percent of children grow up in two-parent households. Many believe this breakdown in the black family has contributed to a breakdown in the community as a whole. We shall save the hows and whys for another article.

But in this particular instance, we wish to share the message and legacy of a one man who managed to succeed and excel in spite of his lot in life and whatever prejudices others might see in the color his skin — who did not allow himself to be trapped in despair and anger.

A.J. Stewart was raised by a single mother in Baltimore. He was born before passage of the Civil Rights Act on March 6, 1959 in rural Dinwiddie County, Virginia, but said his mother checked his homework each night, kept books in the house and attended parent-teacher meetings.

Growing up with a working mother and three sisters, he found male role models through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

His life changed at age 16 when an Air Force Academy recruiting team visited his high school. He knew from that day forward, he wanted to serve his country as an Airman.

Stewart began his military career as an Air Force Academy cadet, graduating in 1981 and going on to become a mobility pilot, flying the KC-135 Stratotanker and the C-17 Globemaster, among others. He logged more than 3,000 flying hours.

Later, Stewart commanded an air refueling squadron, an operations group and a flying training wing. He flew air refueling missions in support of the U.S.-led invasion of Grenada in 1983 and deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Saudi Arabia during the Iran and Iraq war in 1985. He also deployed as Combined Air Operations Center director of Mobility Forces in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In June 2008, Stewart came to JBSA-Randolph and took command of Air Force Recruiting Service, Air Education and Training Command, where he was responsible for more than 2,600 Airmen and civilians in more than 1,200 recruiting offices across the United States and abroad.

He had achieved the rank of Major General.

General Stewart embodied everything that is great and exceptional about our nation. He came from extremely humble beginnings, with only the “affirmative action” of his mother and his family to inspire him.

He once said of the Air Force, “If you want to be a part of something special, if you want to go as far as you can possibly go in an unconstrained environment, there’s nothing else like it.”

But he might as well have been speaking of our nation – or at least the nation our Founders intended.

Sadly, General Stewart succumbed to brain cancer in March of last year. He was only 55.

But his message of excellence and perseverance shall live on. His passion for military service, integrity and excellence was reflected in his daily actions. He often remarked that his steadfast commitment to serve was ignited every time he looked at the American flag.

At what moment did our country change? At what moment did young men, raised by single mothers no longer feel that steadfast commitment to excellence?

If only those protestors in Baltimore could feel the same…

But for that matter, if only our president could feel the same…

(Much of this article comes from this obituary).

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Brendan
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General Stewart had a fine and distinguished career and served his country with honor.
Shame on you, Ms Hickford, for exploiting his death to make a partisan political attack against the President

Paul Sheridan
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I don’t know why Obama isn’t committed to excellence. He needs to get off the couch and reach for the stars or he’s never going to make anything of himself. If he’d just gone to the Air Force Academy he could have been a Major General by now instead of that Major General’s boss’s, boss’s, boss’s, boss’s boss.

midpoint
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are you being serious or sarcastic?

HigherGround/Blk Conservative
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HigherGround/Blk Conservative

He is dripping and stinking of sarcasm.

Paul Sheridan
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Thanks!

HigherGround/Blk Conservative
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HigherGround/Blk Conservative

You’re welcome.

mbrj
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A J Stewat’s story reminds me of Dr. Ben Carson and his brother who were raised by a single mom who cleaned houses but made sure that her boys were on the right path…and they turned out exceedly well! They were born in poverty, without a father and in a rough neighborhood, but knowing that their mother cared made all the difference in the world. In Yiddish we say that his mother “schepped a lot of nachus” which means that she was so very proud of how her boys turned out that her chest was about to burst with her… Read more »
eaglechick
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How about a movie based on his life story.

Rafael X
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Moochelle Hickford is using some stolen valor to smear the black community some more. Someone should take away that computer and giver some crayons.

Denis Lee
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This guy in no way represents a viable path for most of our black youth. Most of this thread is a bit on the narcissistic side. It’s about your reality. A J Stewart is a reflection of your reality and it makes you feel good to congratulate him on expressing those values. You have not made any serious effort to engage the privilege and advantages you have over people of color. The real productive work is to engage poverty with respect and an open ear. Listen to the ones you are judging before you judge. For most of this thread,… Read more »
HigherGround/Blk Conservative
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HigherGround/Blk Conservative
“This guy in no way represents a viable path for most of our black youth.”… I actually had to pause to think about that part of your statement. If you phrase “in no way represents a viable” as “in no way represents a feasible” or “in no way represents a workable” or even “in no way represents a practicable.” It’s still not true. There are always better options than what many of our youth chose. In this day and age we always have options, I’m not saying that some of us don’t have it more difficult than others but to… Read more »
mcrognale
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With the sole exception of mbrj below the rest of you commenters are full of crap. The services, all of them, offer a true path out of poverty for all the youth of our once great nation. Denis Lee and Brendan, look in the damned mirror. What have YOU done to help any youth at any time in your lives. You hold Obama up as an example for black youth? You are delusional.

Brendan
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Hey dumbass… if you want to disagree with me, why don’t you try disagreeing with something I actually wrote instead of something you imagine I wrote.

Of course, the military offers a path out of poverty.
And unlike many civilian jobs, advancement in your military career is based more on your own personal abilities rather than where you came from.

now scroll back don and read what I wrote.
I wrote that General Stewart was a success with a fine career.
All I said was it was shameful to exploit his death to make a partisan political attack

Earl Lee
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The man has made it to the HIGHEST OFFICE OF THE LAND!! Yes you can hold yim up as a example! Who’d you prefer….ALLEN WEST??? MUHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

majorwiblit
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ALLEN WEST ~ 2016 ~ “FOR A BRIGHTER TOMORROW”

HigherGround/Blk Conservative
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HigherGround/Blk Conservative

I can’t use president Obama as an example, and let me tell you why.
There are two sides to this story. One bad and one good. The good: We
can see that anyone can make it to “the highest office of the land,” regardless of race. The bad: This president was voted into office because of the color of his skin and not the content of his character.

Rafael X
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According to your logic the highest office in the land could be held by any black man. If all you need to get elected is black skin. Why does Allen West have to Photoshop himself in the oval Office?

HigherGround/Blk Conservative
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HigherGround/Blk Conservative

There is something in what you ask that needs to be consider. True not every black man can just become President or we would have had one by now. I mean before this one. If someone as flawed as our current president ever hopes to be president of America they better have the media on their side, even Hillary didn’t have a chance. I don’t know if remember Bill Clinton Saying that the media favored Obama over Hillary in 2008?

Rafael X
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And what possible reason the media would have to favor Obama over any other black man?

HigherGround/Blk Conservative
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HigherGround/Blk Conservative

Simple. First viable black Democrat.

Rafael X
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What makes him viable?

HigherGround/Blk Conservative
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HigherGround/Blk Conservative

The media said so. I’m not one to be a conspiracy theorist but the workings behind the scenes involve even the media. I don’t know if you noticed the Hillary tv special they were planing, but the GOP wouldn’t have it. One thing for sure now is that our current president’s character left a lot to be desired. I guess I’m down on him because of my desire was for our first black president to fulfill the concept, the image MLK Jr. had for us.

Rafael X
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Yup deep in the conspiracy theories. What do you have against his character. What is that image you’ve been convinced MLK had for us.

HigherGround/Blk Conservative
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HigherGround/Blk Conservative

Rafael I can only take you so far… There has to be an nonpartisan effort on your part, or else you won’t learn.

William Torpey
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I totally agree with you. The thing is, though, that to truly get something out of joining a service, you must first want to SERVE!

mcrognale
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Quite true. The democraps have created a new slave class totally dependent on the massa/guv’mint to take care of them.

Betty Mullins
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HE TRULY SOUNDS’ LIKE A GREAT MAN ] R .I. P SIR FOR THE SERVICE YOU GAVE THIS GREAT COUNTRY . ]

MotherBatherick
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Americans will rise to the occasion and take back Her heroes that the Left are trying to destroy through their indoctrination of our youth. America will always be the biggest, the brightest, the bravest. Thugs need to wake up and learn that they are just being chewed and used up by the Democrat party. Rise up, thugs! Be an American and gain some self-respect! Don’t trust going down that dark path with the Democrats any more! You don’t have to, you can still be who you want to be and not believe that anyone is going to hold you back,… Read more »
Impeach Obama Now!
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What an awesome American Patriot General Stewart was! Thank you for this article Allen West!