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I went to Basic Training at Ft. Benning, GA, on August 17th, 2000. I graduated on December 15th, 2000, as an Infantryman. I went on to 11M school (Mechanized Infantry). Upon completion of that school, my first duty station was Fort Hood, TX, and I was in C Co 1/5 Cav from February 2001 until October of 2003. While at NTC for my second time, I re-enlisted to go to  Fort Drum, NY. I was assigned to A Co 2/87 IN, and within a month of being there, I was on my way to Afghanistan for the first time, and spent 6 months there. Almost 2 years later, we were on our way back to Afghanistan, and this time we stayed for 16 months. While in Afghanistan the second time, I re-enlisted again, and went back to Fort Benning. I was in Fort Drum for almost exactly 4 years, and left in October of 2007. I was assigned to A Co (ExFor) 1/29 IN for two years. I then returned to Fort Drum, and was assigned to A Co 4/31. I then deployed to Iraq, right before the handoff to the Iraqi's in 2010. I graduated Drill Sergeant school on August 16th, 2012. I was assigned to D Co 2/60 IN, and reported to Fort Jackson in October of 2012. 

I dislocated my shoulder and had surgery in 2013. The surgery didn't fix my shoulder, and a year after my surgery, I still didn't have full use of my shoulder. My official date of retirement is April 16th, 2015. I wasn't done serving my country, and I'm ready to keep going!

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Awards and Decorations

Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 Campaign Stars

Army Commendation Medal x3

Army Achievement Medal x2

Army Good Conduct Medal x4

Army Service Ribbon

Overseas Service Ribbon x2

Military Outstanding Volunteer

Service Medal

NATO (ISAF) Medal

Global War On Terrorism Service Medal 

Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal with 1 Campaign Star

Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon x2

Joint Meritorious Unit Award x2

Meritorious Unit Commendation x3

Medal for Merit

National Defense Service Medal

Drill Sergeant Identification Badge

Combat Infantryman Badge

Certificate Of Achievement x6

Small Arms Maintenance School

Javelin Gunnery School

Warrior Leaders Course (WLC)

Advanced Leaders Course (ALC)

Drill Sergeant School

Combat Life Saver (CLS)

Military Serviceman

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