David Reedy has been a single dad for nine years. He is dad and mom to Anthony, 13, and Adan, 10, after divorcing in 2006.
“We went our separate ways,” he said.
Reedy graduated from Gresham High School and shortly after joined the Air Force. When he became a single father, Reedy was stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with the 4th Space Launch Squadron. His responsibilities included monitoring space launches as flight chief and quality assurance of the Delta IV and Atlas V rockets.
Reedy was required by the Air Force to have a family care plan, which includes having someone ready to take care of the boys if necessary. His friends stepped up to help, and luckily he was never deployed.
“It’s been tough going sometimes.” he said.
On Feb. 1, 2014, Reedy retired from the Air Force after 24 years and moved to Shawano, where he has family in the area to help with the kids.