Spotlight: Tony R. - U.S. Army

August 02, 2018 6 Comments

U.S. Army - Tony. R - Combat Flags

Tony R.

U.S. Army


37F - Psychological Operations

Length of Service
4 years

Did you deploy? If yes, where and in support of which operation.
Yes, 2 tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom

What led you to join the military?
I come from a family with several veterans and became interested because of my father. 9/11 also played a big factor in why I joined.

What is the single most important lesson you’ve learned while serving?
I learned that no matter how tired or stressed I am, both mentally and physically, I can push through it and overcome.

What is your most memorable moment or time during your service? Why?
I'd have to say jumping out of an aircraft for the first time really sticks in my mind. It was the most exciting and terrifying thing I had ever done.

How has the military helped you grow personally and professionally?
The military built my confidence, helped me to multitask, and think outside of the box. It helped me learn to work as a team, but also be self-sufficient.

If you could tell the world anything you want, what would you say? Why?
There is a lot more going on in the world than you know. Just realize how lucky you have it living in America, whereas there are people living in extreme poverty in warlike condition.

What’s the dumbest / most cliche thing you’ve heard someone say in the military?
"Full battle-rattle"

Is there anything else you’d like to add that wasn’t previously covered?
Iraq is the sweaty asshole of the world.

If you could go back in time and talk with yourself before you joined, what would you say? Why?
Get ready to deal with some serious idiots... Have lots of patience.

If you could tell the average civilian one thing, what would it be? Why?
Respect your veterans. They've seen and done things for our country that you wouldn't believe. They volunteered to put their bodies and minds through extreme stress and deploy to some terrible places in the world out of love for our country.


6 Responses

Stefanie Slightom
Stefanie Slightom

August 13, 2018

Thank you for serving our country. My son is currently serving in the Army and was recently promoted to E5. Also, my husband was and Airborne Ranger. He jumped in Panama during Operation Just Cause. I have not served myself but have great respect for veterans and active military and the sacrifices they make for us. God bless

Debra Harmon
Debra Harmon

August 13, 2018

Thank you, Tony, for your devotion to our country and its citizens. Thank you for risking life and limb to keep us safe. May God bless you and yours richly.


August 05, 2018

Thank you so much for your service sir🇺🇸

Marie J Norman
Marie J Norman

August 04, 2018

I really don’t have words. Im honored to be someone whom you fought to protect. God bless you. Honor, respect.


August 04, 2018

Miss yea buddy! Great blog

B Norton
B Norton

August 04, 2018

Thanks brother for your service & commitment both to this great USA 🇺🇸 and to your community!

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