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Monday, July 8, 2013

20 Years Ago - Army Boot Camp

It was 20 years ago this week that I left my home in Virginia and headed to Ft. Jackson, SC for Army boot camp  I didn't know what to expect because I didn't know anyone in the Army at the time.  I had a good friend in the Marines and another who had gone to the Navy around the same time but this was a new adventure.

I was a very naive 19 year old leaving for boot camp.  I thought I should be in college and that was the only road to success.  I couldn't have been more wrong. The problem with college is that it cost money and I didn't have enough.  In 1993 things were also much different.  I did join after the first World Trade Center bombing but we didn't have war to truly worry about.  I was also involved in Operation Joint Endeavor  but again not the same fear of war that exists for a young person joining today.  I truly admire the post 9/11 military generation.  Joining during two major wars takes a lot of courage.

By the way I'm not saying school is not important I also went to George Mason after I got out but I would not be where I am today without my service.

Looking back 20 years later it was one of the best decisions I ever made.  I met some great people and the entire experience expanded my view of everything.  You will often hear guys in the military talk about fighting/serving with their brothers.  I can attest to that being true.  In my case Daryl Penn, Todd Hurley, and Will "Big Perm" Forbes are my brothers.  Todd ended up going back in and fighting post 9/11.  In addition to those three guys there were countless other people.  The list is way too long for this blog but a heartfelt thank you to those I served with.

Everyone joins for different reasons but the military fraternity and camaraderie  is something that will stay with you forever.  I'm now in IT and a few years ago I got to go back to Ft. Huachuca for work with the Army.  I had gone to MOS (job) training there and all those years later I still carry many of the lessons with me.

Hooah! and thanks to all that are serving or have served!

Laid back off-duty look...I wish I was that thin and in-shape now

Post Gas Chamber...old school BDU 

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