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5 Minutes with … an Operation Vacation soldier

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Editor’s note: Operation Vacation is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization based in Glenwood Springs whose purpose is to reunite deserving soldiers with their families on free vacations in Colorado.

Name: Ricky Boyet

Age: 25

Place of birth: Colorado Springs

Branch of the military: 764th Ordinance Company, Army

Family: Wife Billie, and 2-year-old daughter Alexandria.

When did you join the Army? August of 2007.

Why did you join the Army? For my kids. I have two other children from another marriage and the military benefits and everything are great. That is why I joined. But now that I’m in, I’d like to make a career out of it.

Where have you been deployed? Nowhere yet.

What was your favorite place you’ve been stationed? The only place I’ve been stationed yet is Fort Carson in Colorado Springs.

What military experience most surprised you? So far basic training has been the most surprising. It was a little tougher than I thought it would be.

What do you like to do in your free time? I like to do a lot of outdoors stuff; Fishing, hiking, just about anything in the outdoors.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A race car driver. I love cars and do a lot of work on cars, so being a race car driver would be cool.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received: I’ll have to think about that one. I can’t come up with it on the spot.

If you could invite any three individuals in history to dinner, who would you invite, what would you serve, and what would you talk about?

Let’s see, Hank Aaron, I wrote a paper on him in like the fourth grade and learned a lot about him.

What’s your most memorable military experience? It just happened Thursday. It was a memorial for a fallen soldier in another branch of our company. I didn’t personally know him, but some of the guys in my company did. It was the first memorial service I have been to, and it was pretty memorable.

What are you looking forward to doing while in Glenwood Springs?

The Hot Springs Pool is the thing I’m looking forward to the most. We just finished lunch and I’m looking to go there right now. But there is a lot to do here, so we will have to do as much as we can.

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