Operation Vacation Soldier: James Werlein
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
When and why did you join the military?
Initially, I served in the army from 1993-2003 for the education benefits and travel opportunities. Then, when my contract was up, I went to work for the Georgia Department of Corrections until 2008, when I determined that it was in the best interest of my family to rejoin the Army.
What is your job in the military?
88M Motor Transport Operator with a secondary job title of 25U Signal Support Systems Specialist
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What did you do before joining the military?
I was a Correctional Officer for the state of Georgia
Where have you been deployed and which was your favorite location?
My overseas duties have included Germany, Bosnia, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. My favorite was Germany because of the culture and history. I’ve only been back from Afghanistan for a little over a month.
What was your deployment experience like?
It was hard to be away from my family for a year and the deployment was made more difficult when we suffered the loss of an outstanding noncommissioned officer, SGT David A. Davis. During my deployment to Afghanistan, several other soldiers in my unit were also injured. It was during this time that my wife was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and it became more difficult for her to raise our three children.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to spend time with my family and go to church.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to work in video production.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Always be on time.
What are you looking forward to doing while in Glenwood Springs?
We want to visit the hot springs, the caves, and see the other sites as a family.
What are your future plans in the military?
To finish what I started, and retire.
Tell our readers something about you or your family that not very many people know.
We have an enormous collection of dragon and fairy figurines.
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