Operation Tribute to Freedom

Faces From the Front for July 25, 2011 - 1st Lt. Clinton W. Cannon and
Spc. Andrew Cannon

First Lieutenant Clinton W. Cannon

Current Unit: 230th Sustainment Brigade
Current Position: Munitions Deputy Officer-in-Charge
Component: Tennessee National Guard
Current Location: Camp Arifjan, Kuwait
Hometown: Lebanon, Tenn.
Years of Service: 3

Specialist Andrew Cannon

Current Unit: 230th Sustainment Brigade
Current Position: Human Resources Specialist
Component: Tennessee National Guard
Current Location: Camp Arifjan, Kuwait
Hometown: Lebanon, Tenn.
Years of Service: 2

Every family has a defining characteristic that bonds them together; and for the Cannon family, it is their military service. With several family members all concurrently serving in the U.S. Army, and even family members deployed together, their family crest should be painted camouflage.

Of the parents and their four children, five are currently serving in the Army—and presently, the father and one of his sons are deployed to Kuwait with the Tennessee National Guard.

“I think so much of my family serves primarily because of the enthusiasm of each person as they returned from training,” said 1st Lt. Cannon. “It was infectious, and one by one, we all joined.”

While overseas, 1st Lt. Cannon serves as the 230th Sustainment Brigade’s Munitions Deputy Officer-in-Charge, responsible for providing critical supplies to Soldiers downrange.

“As the Sustainment Brigade, we have to coordinate the movement of ammunition into both Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said. “For the guys kicking in doors and driving the tanks, it is pretty important.”

Aside from his official duties, the deployment has also provided the father with the chance to get to know his son better.

“When your children are young, you have to be the parent but now as my children are getting older, we can become friends. That bond has really developed between Andrew and me since we have been deployed,” said the patriarch.

And his son agrees—many evenings after duty hours, the pair can be found hanging out together and keeping in touch with their relatives back home.

While his father works to supply ammunition and supplies to the frontlines, Spc. Cannon serves as the human resources specialist responsible for completing personnel actions, including attach and release orders for all personnel within the brigade.

“We ensure the proper personnel are assigned to the correct units and in the correct positions to help accomplish that unit’s mission,” he said.

The father and son will return home in early 2012, and they are looking forward to spending time with their family.

Rounding out the Cannon’s family contingent in the Army, the other family members who serve include: mother, Spc. Gloria Cannon, and children, Spc. Michael Cannon and Pfc. Rebekah Cannon. Although 1st Lt. Cannon and his wife are some of the first in the family to serve, they hope they’ve started a tradition for future generations of the family.

“If there are ever any ‘little Cannons’ running around, I wouldn’t mind having some of them carry on the tradition,” said Spc. Andrew Cannon.

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