He is a familiar face to Americans—a distinguished television journalist and moderator of CBS’ Face the Nation—but few people know Bob Shieffer spent three years in the U.S. Air Force—a stint he says taught him a lot about himself and what he could accomplish. Here’s his story.
I enrolled in Air Force ROTC when I was a freshman at Texas Christian University in my home town of Fort Worth, Texas, and it was probably the best thing I ever did.
But I should be honest about why I joined. It wasn’t to be noble or patriotic. It was because there was a draft in those days, and the way I saw it, spending three years on active duty as an Air Force officer was probably better than spending two years as an Army grunt. I also thought it would be fun to learn to fly an airplane.