Five Minutes With … an Operation Vacation soldier
Name: Jeremy Heber
Branch of the military: Army
Family: Has a wife Trecey Heber. They have a miniature schnauzer that they “love like a daughter.”
When and why did you join the military? I came in back in ’95. I first served four years in the marine corps. A lot of my family are veterans and I just wanted to serve my country.
What did you do before joining the military? High school.
Where have you been deployed? I’m currently deployed. Right now I’m on leave. This is my second tour in Iraq.
What was your experience in Iraq like? I’m actually a medic. My first tour in Iraq I was part treatment team. I worked at a level two hospital. This tour I’m actually doing convoy security.
Which do you like more? I enjoy doing convoy security more. It suits my personality. It’s a lot more exciting. Thankfully ” knock on wood ” we’ve been deployed for six months and we haven’t’ fired one round and we haven’t received one round.
What military experience most surprised you? Probably just seeing the soldiers grow that I serve with and their performance. Just watching their growth as young leaders.
What do you like to do in your spare time? I’m kind of a home body. I love spending time with my wife. I enjoy hunting, outdoor things like rafting and rock climbing.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I kind of always wanted to be a soldier. I’m from Harrison, Michigan. We always just used to play in the woods, play war.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received: My wife tells me a happy wife is a happy life. But I have to say when you’re given an opportunity to step up, step up. It opens opportunities for you.
What are you looking forward to doing while in Glenwood Springs? Probably just relaxing. My wife is going to the day spa. We’ll just enjoy the area, the hot springs and relax.
What are your future plans in the military? The fourth of April I actually fly back to Iraq. … Right now I’m currently at 13 years (in the military). I plan on keeping it as career.
What’s something about you or your family that not very many people know? My wife says I’m pretty much a teddy bear. I consider myself a good leader, and I don’t have to use intimidation to lead soldiers. Actually I’m a pretty soft-hearted guy.
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