Willie is the son of MAJ Willie Banks Jr and Felicia Banks.
Willie's father, Willie Banks Jr., was a major in the Army when he was diagnosed with cancer. At the same time, Willie's mother, Felicia, was pregnant with Willie.
Knowing he would most likely miss the defining moments in his son's life, his father wrote Willie several letters, one to be opened every five years on his birthday until he is 35.
"He wanted so badly to be a father," said Felicia in a Flint Journal interview. "This was his way of being there even though he's not there. He's still teaching Willie how to be a man."
Willie's mother is also serving and has a tour in Iraq under her belt.
Go read about Willie, his plans and his remarkable family here.