LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock ISD surprised a longtime educator with a special luncheon on Tuesday, as he prepares for the flight of his life.
Tom Brown is set to take off on the South Plains Honor Flight this weekend.
Dozens of Lubbock-area veterans will attend the annual trip to Washington D.C, but Brown says he was excited to learn that one certain veteran would be joining him.
“I think it’ll be a great time,” said Brown. “I’m originally from Plainview, (there will be) a couple other guys from Plainview, and I’ll probably know some more from Lubbock. It’s a great honor to get chosen.”
Brown’s brother Dell is one of those who will be joining him. “My brother lives in Plainview and he is a Korean War veteran. I’m a Vietnam veteran. We decided to try to see if we could get in on that, and we were lucky enough to get picked to go on the Honor Flight,”
Brown served as a sergeant in the Army. He was drafted while working on his education degree at Texas Tech.
He began his career with Lubbock ISD in 1969, working as a Spanish teacher after completing his tour of duty. He currently serves as a transition specialist for students in the district’s behavioral programs.
Brown has worked for the school district continuously for forty-nine years.