I decided to serve in the fall of 1995. School was coming to an end and college at that time was not an option. I have a father that served in the Navy, and two uncles that served in the Army, so I decided to see if I could make it for one enlistment. That enlistment, which started in the summer of 1997, turned out to be a career until the fall of 2017 when retired.
Associate Sys Administrator on Monitoring Team
I joined VSO because I wanted the experience of working with IT and I saw an opportunity to join a company that is 1.) Veteran-friendly and 2.) very innovative from the research I did when offered the opportunity to join the team. I have enjoyed working with everyone so far and hope this can turn into another great opportunity to be a part of something that I believe in again.
I joined the US Army in July 1997. I completed OSUT training at Fort Knox, KY, where I was then stationed in Friedberg, Germany assigned to 1-37 AR. 1st BDE, 1st AD for the next two years. I then was stationed in Fort Knox, KY assigned to 1-16 CAV and 2-81 AR as a trainer to cadets and OSUT trainees. In 2003 I was then stationed back in Friedberg, Germany as a Tanker and deployed to Iraq on two different occasions, once from May 2003 to July 2004. The second deployment was from January 2006 to February 2007. Another station at Fort Knox as an instructor and then finally to Fort Bliss, TX with multiple positions to include Senior Scout, Platoon Sergeant, and S3 positions from 2011 until I retired in 2017.
I am from Waco Texas and married with no children. I am currently completing my Bachelor of Science in Information Systems. Since retiring two years ago, I have become a real home body and just like to enjoy life.