The U.S. Army observes the Month of the Military Child to recognize and honor the commitment, contributions and sacrifices children and youth make to the nation through the strength they provide the Soldiers and Families.

Master Sgt. Ricky R. O'Bryan, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, assigned to 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, as the Operations noncommissioned officer in-charge, spent some quality time with his son Zachary, during the units hail and farewell event that bid the O'Bryan family goodbye.

This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the Department of Defense designating April as Month of the Military Child.

O'Bryan, former senior enlisted leader of A Co., 743rd MI Bn, and father of four said during the event, "My wife and my children are the light of my life and without them, I wouldn't be where I am today."

The Army recognizes Month of the Military Child as an opportunity to recognize and respect the unique challenges the military children face and overcome.

O'Bryan and his family head to Wiesbaden, Germany this summer.