One man’s journey from refugee to Soldier

The Banks family gathers together in his office for a group photo following their recent reunion with his wife’s mother and just prior to his next deployment to Afghanistan. From left to right, his wife, Garmai Banks; his son, Samuel David Banks; his mother-in-law, Kula Deddeh Roberts, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Samuel Banks; and his 1-year-old son, Titus Banks. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Winstead, U.S. Army Alaska)


  1. I just read the story of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Samuel Banks. I was very touched by his belief in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…..I’m sure his story will be read by many and touch many lives as the years go by. U are a true “AMERICAN HERO”. May God continue to bless he and his family.

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