Ian returns a phone call to Sgt. 1st Class Gavino Barron, the commander at Ian's Army recruiting office. Barron was making sure Ian was on track for enlistment. When he was 17, Ian had joined the Army's Future Soldier Program, which prepares recruits for enlistment. Barron recalls his initial impression of Ian: "He wasn't in it for the money. He was only in it for God and country. That's the reason most infantrymen join." Ian's father, Eric Fisher, listens to the conversation. Eric returned from Vietnam with the Combat Infantryman Badge and emotional scars. His father had been awarded the Bronze Star for combat in World War II.