RENO, Nev. -- It's amazing how far a "thank you" can go.
Lt. Colonel Mark Gregory was on a plane flying home Sunday, August 18. Proudly wearing his uniform, a teenage girl on the plane noticed him and wanted to send him a special message. She approached him at the Reno Tahoe International Airport and handed him the message seen included in this story.
Kyla wrote, "I know you have no clue who I am, but my name is Kyla. I'm 15 years old and I have 3 older brothers. Two are in the Marines and one is in the Air Force. I would just like to say THANK YOU! Thank you for keeping us safe and I'm glad you're going home. To me the men and women in uniforms are the real heroes. Thanks for being a hero and keep it up!".
Kyla also drew a flag at the bottom of the letter.
Lt. Colonel Mark Gregory wanted to thank Kyla for her message. He told KOLO 8 via email "When something like this occurs I know that this is the reason I have worn the uniform for over 36 years. This meant so much to me that I immediately had the letter framed."
Gregory was returned home to Carson City from Hawaii where he was working at the U.S. Army Pacific Command.