Air Force Dad Glad Bixby Bombing Suspect In Custody

Wednesday, July 12th 2017, 1:36 pm
By: Joseph Holloway

Many of the Air Force's recruits and their families said they're glad Bixby explosion suspect Benjamin Roden is off the streets.

Air Force veteran and former recruiter Mike Gole said he is angry to hear someone would set off a bomb outside a recruiting center.

"What were you thinking? What message are you trying to get across? You're attacking a recruiting office," he said.

Gole served our country for 26 years. He said no matter the reason behind the bombing, he took it as a personal attack.

"You're attacking my Air Force and that boils the blood a little bit," he said.

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It meant even more knowing his son, Collin, was recruited out of the same Bixby office where the explosion happened. He said Collin is in and out of this office a lot, so Gole is thankful he was not around when the bomb went off.

"You start thinking that worst case scenario. He could've been there had the timing been different," he said.

Gole said the Air Force is full of strong men and women, including those at the Bixby office. And as a former recruiter, he knows they'll keep marching on.

"They broke our door. Put up a new door, let's press forward and keep putting in," he said.

Gole said his son will sign up for the Air Force Friday.