I, and many other friends, were at the week-long going away party for Aaron and Scott Sjoberg when they joined the Army. I have many good memories of spending time with Scott and Aaron, and all the guys during that week, as we sent them off to basic training. Our final act of support for Aaron and Scott was to shave their heads for them, so they'd be looking clean-cut when they arrived at basic. A few of us shaved our heads with them, just so we were all in the same boat. It's a memory I'll cherish more now, and wish that I could relive because I believe that it was my last time seeing Aaron. He went on to accomplish great things, and I went to college and work. Our paths never crossed again, except for a few years ago on Facebook. I wish I would have kept in contact with him better and let him know that I still supported him and thought about him often. But, I know he understood. His personality was just that way; easy-going, kind, fun and funny, and never would have thought for a second that you weren't still friends because the busy-ness of life clouded the view of what was really important. Aaron was really important. His friendship and his presence was really important. My only regret is that I didn't take full advantage of having the absolute privilege of having such a special person in my life.
To Christine, Sam, and family, I am so sorry for your sorrow. I wish you peace, comfort, and healing. I sent a prayer up for you all; especially for Aaron.
Aaron, your friends love you. We miss you, and we're so proud of you. I am humbled to have known such an elite soldier, and a "larger than life" guy as Scott Sjoberg put it so accurately.
God bless Aaron, his family, and all of Aaron's fellow team members and military members.