John was my first connection to Oklahoma before Ken and I even got married. You see, John was Ken's "second class" at the academy - basically he was the one who kept Ken in line during plebe summer. Somewhere, we have a letter Ken wrote to John during plebe summer which detailed everything he ate at the Orioles game (an enormous amount of food for the then approximately 130-pound Ken.) When Ken arrived in Oklahoma, he said, "You'll never believe who's in my squadron."
I joined Ken a few months later and we became fast friends with John and Laura. And Laura and I were lucky enough that the two guys got on the same deployment schedule. I'm so thankful that John and Ken met during the summer of 1995 and brought Laura and I together six years later.