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Operation Vacation Soldier Profile

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When did you join the military? May 29, 2001

What did you do before joining the military? Construction and odd jobs.

Where have you been deployed?



I have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.

What was the most challenging thing about being deployed there?



The most challenging thing there was having to climb mountains just to go talk with the people.

I have been deployed to Iraq three times and the most challenging thing there was keeping an eye on all the people while out on patrol. There are just so many people out and about, it was really nerve racking.

I understand that you were wounded in a pretty serious situation?

Yeah, I was wounded. It was in Afghanistan in an ambush where we took five (Rocket propelled grenades) RPG’s. We had two RPG that had went through our armor; one killed a really good friend – and my mentor – Sergeant First Class Jason Fabrizi and our doctor took the blunt of the blast of the other one. I was shot in the stomach while I was getting my soldiers to safety. After that I was medevaced to Germany and then to the states.

What military experience most surprised you? Good or bad?

The way the guys in a unit come together. It’s more like a brotherhood than a unit. And I have found that in all the duty stations I have been at.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Pretty much anything outdoors. But, if I stay in, NCAA 2010 on the X-Box 360.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I knew from a very young age I wanted to be a soldier. I remember watching a parade and I wanted to be just like them. When Desert Storm was going on we wrote letters (to soldiers) and I knew, that one day, I would get letters from kids. I did. And I made sure I answered everyone of them.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

In the words of SFC Jason Fabrizi, “If it is your day it’s your day. Live life to the fullest every day. You should get something out of every day if you’re not, you’re not living.”

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

I hope to get to fly a plane on Sunday.

What are your future military plans?

I think Drill is in my near future down at Fort Benning, Ga.

Tell our readers something about you and your family that not very many people may know.

Both me and my wife love to cook.


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