The commissioners presented Jordan with certificates from both the board and The Thank You Foundation and thanked him for his service.
Mark Coyle, with the Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission, spoke to Jordan about the services offered to veterans in the county and presented Jordan with a challenge coin and a gift card to Texas Roadhouse.
“Chris, it is truly a blessing to have you back,” Coyle said.
Steve Caraway also delivered a proclamation to Jordan on behalf of Congresswoman Jean Schmidt.
Jordan, a Clermont Northeastern High School graduate, left for his first deployment in April of 2011 and spent the deployment in Afghanistan serving in Operation Enduring Freedom.
While in the country, Jordan said he spent most of his time working as a mechanic and was cross-trained to work on different types of equipment. He said he settled into a routine while he was in Afghanistan and said he enjoyed the deployment.
“I got a lot of support letting me know everyone back home appreciates what we do,” Jordan said about his deployment. “It helps out quite a bit.”
Jordan said he returned from Afghanistan in March of this year and said he felt like he could have stayed longer.
“Coming home it was weird,” Jordan said. “I was so used to Afghanistan.”
Jordan’s mother, Alice, was ready to have him home though, and she came with her son to the commissioners’ session.
“I am very proud of him,” she said.
Jordan said he has always had an interest in serving in the military. He said serving was a good experience and made him grow up more quickly.
“It was definitely something I enjoyed,” Jordan said.
Jordan said he plans to re-enlist in the United States Army. He said he would like to return to the same base in Hawaii and hopes to deploy again in the next few years.
“I am definitely going to be in for a little while,” Jordan said. “I love the Army and I love the job I do. It is satisfying.”
Jordan said it was nice to be recognized for his service in the community. He said being recognized means a lot to soldiers.
“It’s pretty amazing seeing the support people have for us,” he said. “It is nice seeing people who care and are proud.”