I was cleaning out some files in my office and came across my old military records. I decided to preserve some of the documents, that highlight my military career, in this my journal and to provide a brief timeline of the different units I have served in spanning nearly a twenty year period.
My military career highlights adventure began when I joined the Utah Army National Guard (UTARNG) while still in high school. I acceded to the 116th Engineer (Heavy Equipment) Company located in Springville, Utah.
Within a week of graduating from Spanish Fork High School, I was off to Basic and AIT training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. After completing my training there, I returned home and went on a two-year mission for my church. Upon the completion of my mission, I returned home to attend BYU and to become a “Weekend Warrior” in the UTARNG.
After about a year, I enrolled in the R.O.T.C. program at BYU to become an officer. I subsequently transferred units to the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Camp Williams, UT. I spent about four years in this unit and served as a platoon leader and company executive officer.
I had the opportunity to travel much of the world, during my career in the UTARNG, for various training exercises; to include many airborne operations as an Airborne Mission Commander (AMC) and jumpmaster. I was fortunate enough to log over 100 jumps with only one broken ankle. Some of the aircraft I got to jump out of include: C-130 Hercules, C-141 StarLifter, C-7A Caribou, CH-53 Sea Stallion, and UH-1 Huey Helicopter.
I took a leave from the UTARNG for a short time because I moved out of the state to pursue a career opportunity that presented itself. However, after I returned to Utah, I got back into the UTARNG and joined a unit located in Lehi, Utah; an engineer bridge company: 117 ENGR Co (AFBR) where I served as a platoon leader.
After a few years, I transferred to the HHC 211th Aviation Group (Attack), which commanded an Apache Helicopter Battalion. I spent the rest of my career there as the staff signal officer and COMSEC Custodian.
I eventually resigned my commission to concentrate my efforts on an auto and tire care center I had purchased. I told my commanding officer that I would return in a few years when I had more time to devote to my job there. He said if I got out at that point I would never return… he turned out to be right!
Posted below are a few diplomas of graduation from various military schools I have completed, some accommodations, and my final OER (Officer Evaluation Report):