Soldier wants a Glenwood Springs T-shirt

Operation VacationGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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Editor’s Note: Operation Vacation is a program that brings military personnel who have fought overseas to the Roaring Fork Valley. For more information about the program, or to make donations, visit Richard GoodingAge: 28Place of birth: San AntonioBranch of the military: U.S. ArmyFamily: Spouse, kids, etc. Brandi Anne Gooding, Madison Laura-Anne Gooding, Ethan William GoodingWhen and why did you join the Army? Family tradition, May 1999, San Antonio

Where have you been deployed? IraqWhat was your favorite place you’ve been stationed? South KoreaWhat experience in your travels overseas most surprised you? Different cultures surprisedFirst thing you’d buy after winning the lottery? My Dad a houseWhat do you like to do in your free time? Raise kids, but there’s no free timeAs a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Doctor or lawyerBest piece of advice you’ve ever received: When in the face of rudeness, just say thanks for letting me get to know you betterAny tattoos? What are they and what is the meaning behind them?

I have two stars, one on each shoulder, and a matching tattoo with my wife on our left wrist meaning family.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?Paso, Einstein, Beethoven; my wife’s green chile enchiladas; not much since Beethoven cannot hear and the other two are crazyWhat’s your most memorable military experience? Being shot through the chestWhat are you looking forward to doing while in Glenwood Springs?The hot springs and a T-shirt since we collect items from everywhere we go FavoritesMovie: “Goonies”

Video game: Tony HawkBreakfast cereal: Raisin BranMusic: Anything loudSport: BasketballTeam: Texas LonghornsAthlete: open to allFood: I’m too young to have a favorite food, I’m still trying things out.TV show: “House” and “Boston Legal”

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