Franklin Countian home from war

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Kris Perry always wanted to serve his country.

"This has been his life's ambition to serve in the military and serve his country," his mother, Patty Perry, said. "He's about as patriotic as they come."

Major Kris Perry, a bombardier for the U.S. Air Force, returned with seven other crewmembers of a B-52 bomber Thursday to the United States after serving in the war in Iraq.

Perry, 32, was based in Western England at the Royal Air Force's Fairford Base in Clouchestershire where 14 B-52 bombers flew more than 100 missions to Iraq.

"We always made sure we hit the right targets at the right time," Perry said.

His parents say he's been doing that all of his life.

Perry is the oldest son of long-time Franklin County residents Charles and Patty Perry.

He graduated from Western Hills High School in 1988, then attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Even as a student at Hearn and Collins Lane elementaries, Kris Perry knew he wanted to go to the U.S. Naval Academy.

"He never wanted to do anything else," Patty Perry said.

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