A family’s legacy in the Kentucky Guard

 Story by: Sgt. Brandy Mort, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

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Master Sgt. Anthony J Tidei and his sons, Jonathon, Paul, Caleb, and Joshua climb aboard an aircraft during thier drill weekend on Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky. March 15. Each Tidei is positioned where they would usually be working or operating on the aircraft. (US Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Brandy Mort)

FRANKFORT Ky. – Hard working, determined, intelligent and responsible are a few of the many words Lindsay would use to describe the last name Tidei. Lindsay holds the name of a unique family in the Kentucky National Guard. The last name Tidei belongs to five members of the same family, which currently serve in the Kentucky National Guard, and one member who recently served.

Not only are the Tideis’ a part of the Kentucky National Guard, but Master Sgt. Anthony J. Tidei, an Aircraft Maintainer with Bravo Co. 351st, and his sons, all chose careers within the Aviation field.

“I have always tried to be a positive role model in my son’s lives,” said Anthony. “I’ve worked hard to give them proper values. Their success is my success and I am proud of each and every one of them.”

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Master Sgt. Anthony J Tidei Chief Warrant Officer, Jonathon J. Tidei, Sgt. Paul E. Tidei, Spc. Joshua P. Tidei and Spc. Caleb P. Tidei (US Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Brandy Mort)

Chief Warrant Officer Jonathon J. Tidei, the oldest son, is a UH-60 pilot with Co. B 2/147th. He attributes a lot of his success to his father.

“Dad has always taught us to do the right thing,” said Jonathon. “I wanted to follow in his footsteps and carry on the Tidei legacy.”

Jonathon’s wife, Lindsay has seen the boys as Soldiers and Civilians. She says they are the same no matter what hat they are wearing.

“I’ve seen them at family picnics, but this is the first time I’ve seen them together in uniform,” she said. “They can be fun at times, but when they have a mission to do, they put their game face on and complete the task at hand.”

Sgt. Paul E. Tidei, Flight Operations Specialist with Operational Support Airlift Command Detachment 11, said that he felt like carrying on the family tradition would be a tough task.

“My dad has set the standard for the Tidei name,” said Paul. “Everyone looks up to him, including us. If you’re one of his kids, you’re expected to act as he does.”

Spc. Caleb P. Tidei and Spc. Joshua P. Tidei chose to be Aircraft Maintainers with Detachment 1, 2/147th Aviation to follow closely behind their father. When quizzed on certain parts of the aircraft by their dad, they passed with flying colors.

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Master Sgt. Anthony J Tidei quizes his sons Caleb and Joshua on aircraft parts during thier drill weekend on Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky. March 15. Anthony and both of his sons are currently Aircraft Maintainers in the 63rd Theatre Aviation Brigade. (US Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Brandy Mort)

Daniel Tidei, now a civilian IT specialist, once held the rank of sergeant and was a hydraulics specialist.

Master Sgt. Tidei is preparing to finish up his long, influential career. He is well loved by all who have served alongside him, including Lt. Col. Michael Stephens, Deputy Commander of the 63rd Theatre Aviation Brigade.

“Master Sgt. Tidei has had an impact on this organization that is hard to measure,” said Stephens.” The fact that five of his sons have followed in his footsteps is astonishing. It is a testament to the way he leads his family and shows the love he has for the Kentucky National Guard and for the nation. Tony will be greatly missed when he retires, but I know his legacy will live on through his family.”

 

 

 

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