BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - "It's an honor to be in their presence, I think it's also a challenge to us as well, when you meet folks that are a part of the greatest generation, their service allows us to do what we do today and that we live up to their expectations for what they've done and what they have for 8th Air Force today as well," said Air Force Major Tiffany Johnson.
Wednesday morning was special for Johnson and dozens of other airmen with the 8th Air Force has they honored their lineage.
Running, to remember those who came before them and those yet to come.
"I am probably one of the few Americans, I've spent 38 years on active duty, 38 years," said Retired Air Force Col Steve dePyssler, "My legacy is my wartime."
75 years ago dePyssler witnessed the beginning stages of the Air Force, transitioning from the 8th Bomber Command to the 8th Air Force.
He served in every enlisted and officer rank through colonel.
"I went from a private to a master sergeant in one year, but I spent nine years as a full colonel because I couldn't get promoted to general because I was only a high school graduate," he continued.
As he approaches 98, he still has the fire to make a difference and serve his country.
"My goal in life is to help one person every day as long as I live," expressed dePyssler.
Most days you can find him on base sharing his stories, mentoring young Airmen.
"When I look around and see all these young kids I'm so proud, they're so sharp. "
And then the question comes for a man who so proudly represents the greatest generation.
"You're an American Hero, do you consider yourself a hero?"
"I do not consider myself an American hero, all I consider myself as a very fortunate that I had good genes, I had a good wife who fed me the right things and took care of me, I just consider myself so fortunate that I have the ability to still be able to do things."