Since the birth of the nation, Jon Rowell’s ancestors of nearly every generation have served as American soldiers. Growing up, he felt intense honor, pride and a need to serve his country in the same way. After graduating high school in Raleigh, North Carolina, Rowell enlisted in the Marine Corps and began his lifechanging journey. […]Continue Reading
As the son, grandson and nephew of veterans, Hans Beutel knew from a young age that a military career was his destiny. With both grandfathers serving in World War II, and his father and uncle serving in Vietnam, he grew up with a deep admiration for their service. While he was in high school, Beutel […]Continue Reading
With dreams of becoming a collegiate baseball player, Phillips had a quick change of plans when he did not receive a scholarship. Feeling that he needed the structure he once had in playing organized sports, Phillips enlisted in the in Army. In addition to discipline and self-respect, one of the most important tactical skills Phillips […]Continue Reading
Ayers’ arrival to boot camp was somewhat typical as he originally enlisted in the Army to serve and to further his education, but the way his experience shaped his passion, drive, and grit was anything but conventional. His time in the Airborne Infantry taught him leadership, painstaking attention to detail, and what it meant to […]Continue Reading
Culler grew up in a small town, and found the Navy’s promise of adventure to be too tempting to pass up. With an interest in the electrical side of Naval service, Culler enlisted in the Nuclear Power Program where he studied to be an electrician for two years. Upon completing the program, he was then […]Continue Reading
For a young Daniel Soliman, his enlistment in the Army was originally a way to straighten his path. Between hanging out with questionable friends and indifference toward his academic performance, he looked to the military to provide much needed structure. In return, he would provide six years of loyal service as an infantryman, being honorably […]Continue Reading
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