Profile: SGT Tony R.

Profile: SGT Tony R.

Name
Tony R.

Branch
U.S. Army

Status
Veteran

MOS
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.

 


7 comments

  • kathy nadon

    I am going to send you the same note as I sent to the others on this website so I don’t miss anyone.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for your service to our country. I volunteer because of you, and I love it. I also write to military personnel who are fighting overseas writing letters, sending them cards that they can send home to their loved ones, and of course Peanut Butter Choc chip cookies. If you ever need a homemade card to brighten your day, let me know!

  • Stefanie Slightom

    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

    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.

  • Debi

    Thank you so much for your service sir🇺🇸

  • Marie J Norman

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


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