HomeNewsArticle Display

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Maj. Lawana Nelson, Director of Personnel at the 118th Airlift Wing, administers the Oath of Office to her daughter, Lauren Lavery, April 20, formally swearing her into the Tennessee Air National Guard.

Maj. Lawana Nelson, Director of Personnel at the 118th Airlift Wing, administers the Oath of Office to her daughter, Lauren Lavery, April 20, formally swearing her into the Tennessee Air National Guard.

Nashville -- It is not uncommon for children to follow in their parent's footsteps and join the military. However, a parent enlisting their child into the military is something quite special and one Tennessee mother has done it twice.

Mt. Juliet native Maj. Lawana Nelson, Director of Personnel at the 118th Airlift Wing, raised her right hand in front of the American flag to recite the Oath of Office for her daughter to repeat, officially swearing Lauren into the Air National Guard April 20.

"I almost started to cry," said Nelson after she administered the oath. "This is a life-changing event for Lauren." She also enlisted her son, Robert Lavery III, into the Active Duty Air Force in 2006. He is currently a Senior Airman serving as an aircraft maintenance specialist at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

The family has a long military history. Besides her mother and her brother, Lauren Lavery's step-grandfather, Roy Jones, retired from the 118th Transportation Squadron, part of the Airlift Wing. Her dad, Robert Lavery Jr., retired from the Active Duty Air Force and her step-father, Lt. Col. Ken Jones, is a member of the Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Nashville.

Enlisted members are required to have an officer administer their enlistment oath for initial enlistments and re-enlistments. For most, it is a commander or local officer at the unit, but for Nelson's children, it was her.

Lauren does not yet have a date for basic training, but she will be working in personnel like her mother.

"Mom had somewhat of an influence on my decision to join the Guard. I've been around it ever since I was born, so it's already been a part of my life," said Lauren. "She helped me understand what career field would best fit me without pressuring me."

"I joined for the college benefits. All of my family supports my decision in joining," she said. The 19-year-old is currently attending Trevecca Nazarene University and is majoring in Elementary Education.

Lauren's twin sister, Meagan, is currently attending Cumberland University and is also considering joining the Guard

Nelson has served 27 years in the military so far, 14 on Active Duty as an explosive ordinance disposal specialist and an air traffic controller; and 13 years in the National Guard.

Her first duty station was at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, where all three of her children were born. During her career, she has been stationed in Turkey, Oklahoma and Mississippi. She joined the Tennessee Air National Guard in 1997 and was commissioned in 1999.
USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.