Job Title: Ranger Training and Assessment Course Instructor (RTAC)
Unit: Warrior Training Center
Years served: 7 not counting a break in service
Tours?: 2 to Iraq 4 to Afghanistan with 1-75th Ranger Rgt
8 Questions to ask a veteran
1) Why did you join the military?
I signed up initially to see the world, I reenlisted because I realized there was literally nothing I would rather do
2) What was your most eventful, yet dumbest decision you have made as a private?
My Ranger buddies and I decided to not wear our reflective belt to the chow hall in Mosul, circa 2008, right after it was mandated by the Camp Commandant. We were “caught” by our Platoon Sergeant on the way to chow. He fixed us by making us conduct a tactical cleanup of our entire compound while wearing our full kit and having us all right essays explaining our thought process that led to our poor choices.
3) If you were to sit down next to President Trump, what would you advise him to do for the military?
Continue to support us. Nothing degrades the moral of the force as much as a leader that doesn’t fully support his troops.
4) Who is your American War hero and why?
My particular Hero is MSG Roy Benavidez, he was injured multiple occasions in Viet Nam and continued to return to the fight and place himself in harm’s way. Seriously, Google the guy, he makes Rambo look like a p#$$y.
5) What was your "Go-To" MRE in Ranger school?
I was and always will be a hungry Ranger, so all of them…But, if I had to pick one it would be the Old sloppy joe, the one with spicy crackers and jalapeno cheese.
6) Funniest thing you have said or heard over the Radio?
Clearing a compound in the middle of the night, one of the squad leaders comes over the radio with “there is a guy moving surreptitiously”. Keep in mind these guys are Rangers not Rhode Scholars so almost no one understood the transmission, causing momentary mass confusion, while the originator tried to define “surreptitiously”.
7) Most Epic War movie or show of all time?
We were Soldiers, Band of Brothers, and Black Hawk Down
No piece of cinema captures the grit and humanity of what it is like to live in the fight like these. The fact that all are true stories is no coincidence.
8) How do you relate to Gold Star Vodka?
The name Gold Star, it means something to me and most Veterans. Not just us though, the families who have lost their personal heroes. I fully appreciate the entrepreneurial spirit of the individuals behind this company and all others like it. They choose to give back, directly affecting their profits, to help the families who have lost a service member.