Minster Service Member Surprises Sister On Band Senior Night

Bob Blindauer
Staff Writer

If you saw 2016 Minster graduate Isaac Gibson  over a year ago you might have seen him green-faced in the role of Shrek in the Crescent Players show in New Bremen. If you were at the Minster football game this past Friday night you might have seen him outfitted in Air Force camouflage surprising his sister Aria as her escort at halftime on senior night.

Airman First Class Gibson, son of Ted and Jessica Wuebker and Matt Gibson, was in town on furlough to assume duty as Aria’s escort this night. Incidently, both  played tuba as members of Minster’s band.

Gibson actually had signed up to enter the Air Force after his junior year to enter service upon his graduation from Minster. He and fellow friend and Minster graduate Ryan Brown entered service at the same time. After basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, they’ve gone on to their separate military occupational specialties. For Gibson that means handling munitions, specifically for the F-16 fighter jet. His six-year enlistment now send him to Shaw AFB, in Sumter, S.C.

As he tells it, he has always thought about the military as his first option after graduation and plans to make the most out of the military and “focus on what’s really important.” Focus he has as he has learned the transition from civilian to military life in rather short order. “Once you get in you really understand what the military is about.” After his basic he trained at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas. “I was there two more months learning my job.” After he got home for Christmas, he assumed his present duties at Shaw AFB.

Being interested in the military since sixth grade, he and Brown looked at the other services and was interested in the Air Force when he saw a video about being a pararescueman, the “Air Force’s all-time spec ops unit and they’re trained to do anything.” When it came time to decide he chose munition systems technologies. “It’s a lot of fun. The people I work with are fantastic. We’re a family. We take care of each other. ... Brothers and sisters in arms. You’re all working for the same mission. Your lives are in each other’s hands. ... Working with munitions is no joke.”

Looking back at Minster High he sees that since he knew what he wanted to do, he pretty much focused on “the next job.” Now he sees the import of his efforts, “You really have to understand what you’re doing. You have to really dig in deep. You have to pay attention.”

His military experiences have led him to a greater appreciation of his family and friends as he says, “Really appreciate what you have and what’s going on because, at any second, you could lose that.” They are sobering thoughts of a young man reaching maturity and gaining perspectives that lead to great performances.