It’s another ride for the bikers of the Armed Forces Support Riders, but a day six young men will never forget.
Marine recruit Sheldon White was excited for Sunday. “It's a good day, I get to do something a lot of people don't get to do; join the greatest fighting force in the world,” he said.
Six young men gathered in a shopping center near Panama Lane and Stein Road with friends, family and riders to soak in their last bit of Bakersfield before heading off to boot camp. While there were many smiles, the men understood the seriousness of their future endeavors.
“It's gonna be hard; the next thirteen weeks is going to be absolutely brutal on them,” Founder of AFSR Ben Patten said. What comes after boot camp is uncertain amidst turmoil in the Middle East.
While President Barack Obama said there will not be any boots on the ground in Iraq, there are conflicts erupting in multiple countries overseas.
The young men have mixed feelings on their next step.
“It's going to be a new experience kind of excited, nervous scared, all of the above,” Army Recruit Nathan Wilke said. Though the young men do not know their future, they told us they are committed to serving and protecting our country.
Erskine Fire costs rise to $19.3 million
Fire officials are now saying the Erskine Fire has caused more than $19 million dollars in damage.
KCFD sending crews to Pine Fire
Kern County fire crews are heading to the Pine fire that is burning 6 miles southwest of San Guillermo Mountain, that is in Ventura County.
Fire in Stallion Springs contained at 18 acres
Kern County Fire crews were able to contain a fire that erupted in Stallion Springs early Friday morning.
At least 1 killed in crash on Union & 58
A man was killed after his car hit a tree branch in East Bakersfield on Friday morning.