Tuesday, August 2, 2011

José Betancourt

Country of origin: Mexico

Rear Adm. José Betancourt is a no-nonsense military man.

The sharp, slim 57-year-old rear admiral commanded a destroyer during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, the highlight of his career.

But Betancourt, who officially retires Saturday from a 30-plus-year Navy career, does have a weak side: sweet strawberries.

His back hurts just thinking of them, and his demeanor changes when he talks about them. For several summers, he picked strawberries in Northern California, along with his parents and siblings.

For good or bad, "you never forget your culture or where you came from," said the Mexico-born officer, who is still figuring out where retirement will take him.

To read the rest of the article about José Betancourt, visit the signonsandiego.com website.

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