FORT GARLAND — God bless our country and those that defend her. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our wonderful nation, we give thanks for Fort Garland native SFC Lucas N. Pettigrew, who has retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years.
Lucas recently returned home after having been stationed in Pensecola, Fla., NSA in Baltimore, Md., Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colo., Fort Wachuca, Ariz., Iraq, Schofield Barricks, Hawaii and back to Buckley
Lucas says nothing is better than being back in Fort Garland, home of his ancestors.
After graduating from Sierra Grande High School, Lucas married his high school sweetheart and she was always at his side throughout all his tours, except for Iraq. They thanked God for the internet as they were able to speak often.
Lucas and Mandi have three children, Chase, Deja and Garrick.
The grandson of Gary and Debbie Pettigrew, Garrick will be the fourth generation to graduate from a school in Costilla County.
He is the grandson of Eugene and the late Marie Gallegos Medina, who were born and raised in Costilla County and have remained.
Lucas loves outdoor life and will settle in to work on Trinchera Ranch. He joined the Costilla County Fire Protection District two weeks before the Spring Fire erupted and continues to volunteer with that department.