Our military members and their families make immeasurable sacrifices every day. We often fail to realize the magnitude of these sacrifices, but they need the support and encouragement of their country, just as well as their country needs theirs. Each year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and foundation president Darcie Glazer Kassewitz honors six families, each representing a different branch of the military. Darcie Glazer Kassewitz is also part of the Glazer Family Foundation, including Ed Glazer and his wife Shari.
The families are chosen and awarded based on their strength and commitment displayed so many military families today. Military members rely heavily on the continued support and encouragement of their loved ones, and as a unit, they communicate a tremendous amount of strength and resilience. One of this year’s recipients was Sergeant First Class Christopher Rackland and his family of the U.S. Air Force Base. Sargent Rockland is an Enlistment Aide to the Commanding General at MacDill Air Force Base. His wife makes her contributions to the military, and to the community by serving as a compassionate school nurse on the base.
Together, the couple has eight children between the ages of 14-26, each of whom is heavily involved in community efforts in Tampa and Virginia. They are frequent volunteers for local organizations like Metropolitan Ministries and The Ronald McDonald House. Demonstrating the power and importance of unity within their family, Antoinetta and the couples oldest son, Chrische, have also given 300 hours of volunteer work to the bases Pharmacare center.
On a Wednesday afternoon, while Sargent Rackland was preparing for the annual awards ceremony, he was greeted by the sweetest sound he had heard in months. “Hey, Daddy”. He had no idea, but for the last few weeks, his wife Antoinetta had been planning to bring the entire family together to stand beside their father during the ceremony. Sargent Rackland says that the award was unexpected for his family, as nothing that they do is with the expectation of recognition, but with a pure heart and the desire to see others live a prosperous life.