Uvalde County resident Albert Thayer is immensely proud of his family’s commitment to service of their country, which has taken two sons across the globe with the Army and Marines.
Master Sergeant Paul G. Thayer will soon join the job market, now that he has retired after 25 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. His retirement ceremony was held June 19 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina.
He recently earned master’s degrees in business administration and supply chain management from Syracuse University.
Father Albert joked that while Paul has visited sought-after destinations like Hawaii, Norway, Camp David and the Oval Office in the White House, his past posts of Iraq and Afghanistan may not be as popular. Paul has also been part of Marine Helicopter Squadron One, which is responsible for transporting the president, vice president and other high-ranking officials representing the United States of America.
The eldest of Albert and Margaret Thayer’s four children, Paul Thayer graduated from Uvalde High School in 1994. Born in Texas, he served two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. His family includes wife Elizabeth and two sons, Harrison and Liam.
Lt. Col. Peter Thayer and his globetrotting family, including wife Melinda and children Kathryn, Rhys, Evelyn, Emily, Kyra and Kilian, departed South Korea on Tuesday for a brief stay in Maryland. From there, he will be embarking on a one-year tour of duty in Honduras, where he will be assigned to civil military operations with Joint Task Force Bravo at Soto Cano Air Force Base in Comayagua.
The U.S. military uses the base in its war on drugs and for humanitarian aid missions, and personnel are required to take daily or weekly anti-malaria medication.
As a Civil Affairs officer, Peter speaks English, German and Spanish, and he also knows some Arabic and Dari. Like his brother, he has also been part of a renowned unit, serving in the 82nd Airborne Division, which specializes in parachute assault operations that can respond to crises across the globe within 18 hours, per the U.S. Department of Defense.
He has been stationed at Camp Humphreys in South Korea for the last three years, and his three elder children have been learning to speak, read and write the Korean language.
Peter is a 1996 graduate of UHS. Born in Texas, he served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.
Albert, who served in the U.S. Army between 1979 and 1989, and his wife Margaret’s two youngest children, Tabitha and Nathaniel, also known as Nate, were born in Germany. Albert completed two tours of Germany during his term of service.
While they do not have military experience on their resumes, Tabitha Bomer has long been involved with the Girl Scouts program, previously serving as director of Camp La Jita near Utopia, and Nate previously worked for the city of Uvalde.
During high school, Tabitha visited Germany as an exchange student and toured Europe, missing her prom and graduation ceremony. She is now a volunteer support specialist for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.
Nate now works for the city parks system in Austin, where he is a supervisor in charge of trails and their maintenance.
Margaret and Albert Thayer currently make their home between Sabinal and Utopia, but while their children were in school they resided in Uvalde.
“There are few jobs where people will say, ‘Thank you for your service.’ President Reagan said, ‘Some people spend their entire life wondering if they’ve made a difference in this world. Marines don’t have that problem,’”Albert said. “And I say none of my four children have that problem.”