Gov. Butch Otter was at Fort Hood, Texas, on Saturday to welcome home Idaho National Guard troops after a 9-month deployment in Afghanistan.
To greet about 60 troops from the Idaho National Guard’s Company A, 1-168 General Support Aviation Battalion, Otter had to skip a 98th-birthday brunch for his mother, Regina. Mrs. Otter was born Feb. 9, 1915.
A scheduling change prompted the conflict, Otter told me Friday. “The Pentagon changed the date of the arrival,” he said. “So, I’m going to miss her 98th birthday. But Mom said, ‘You’re doing the right thing.’”
Otter said he did get his mum, who recently moved into assisted living housing, a “very personal” gift.
Otter served in the Idaho National Guard’s 116th Armored Calvary from 1968-73 and wears a U.S. Army lapel pin rather than the American flag favored by many politicians.
“My feeling is without the guys this represents, there would be no flag,” Otter said. “This is the flag. “