Push-up challenge
Sgt. 1st Class Richard Asta, Farmington Recruiting Station commander, competes with his son, Future Soldier Ryan Asta, in a push-up challenge Aug. 7.

An Army Strong Family legacy was made when Ryan Asta raised his right hand and cited the U.S. Army enlistment oath in the presence of his father at the Albuquerque, N. M., Military Entrance Processing Station July 28.

A "scene from an Army commercial" is how Ryan's father, Sgt. 1st Class Richard Asta, the Farmington Recruiting Station Commander, describes what it was like when he discovered his son wanted to join the Army. From Indiana, Ryan came to visit his parents in New Mexico during summer break. He just completed his second year at Indiana University.

"He told me and my wife there was something he wanted to talk to us about," said Asta. "Of course, being a parent, you can't help but wonder if it's bad news. So we all sat around the kitchen island and Ryan told us he had been thinking about something for a while. Then he just blurted, 'I want to join the Army.' He said he had this strong feeling to serve his country and do his part."

Sergeant Asta completed his son's enlistment packet and indicates it was a very significant point in his life and career.

"Enlisting my son into the world's greatest Army has been one of my proudest moments beside him being born," he said. "As a parent, I am so proud of him for making this decision on his own. As a Soldier who is coming to the end of his career, what a way to close out 20 years - knowing my son will continue to defend this great country."

The Asta Family (on both sides) has a long history of relatives who have served their country in different military branches. Joining the Army and following in his father's footsteps is what Future Soldier Asta describes as "kind of cool." However, it's not the main reason why he selected the Army.

"I did my research and none of the other services appealed to me like the Army does," he said. "Seeing what the Army has provided for my father and our family for the past 20 years; I want that life, too."

Asta ships to basic combat training in February to become a military policeman. He plans to make the Army a career, just like his father.

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