Frank Contreras, US Army

Served 6 years in Arizona

 

What are your best memories of your time in the service?
The bonds that were formed with fellow soldiers that remain as strong as the bonds I have with my family. Something that stands out as a great memory is having a barbeque in the middle of the Tagab Valley in Afghanistan. My team of 5 was assigned to a French Battle Group and placed on a small Combat Outpost the size of schools parking lot. After several weeks of being short on food and water, the French provided us with chicken and hot links to cook on the 4th of July, 2011. After the barbeque, they removed the US Flag from our office and asked us to sing the National Anthem. During our horrible rendition they fired artillery flares in the air.
What advice would you give to MHS students interested in military service?
Do your research and know what you are getting into. Service isn’t for everyone and it takes a special kind of person to put on the uniform and risk your life protecting the freedoms of people you will never know.
How did your time in the service help you in your career and life after you left the military?
The GI Bill had a huge impact on paying for my undergraduate and graduate degrees. Also, the training in discipline, communications, leadership, and instruction are something that I incorporate in my personal and professional life on a daily basis. All of the training, traveling, and experiences with others molded who I am today.

Mr. Don Dominguez, US Marines

Stationed  in Norfolk (VA) and 29 Palms (CA)

 

What are your best memories of your time in the service?
Serving my country and meeting people from all over the world.
What advice would you give to MHS students interested in military service?
 
Listen to people with experience. This will help you in tough situations.
How did your time in the service help you in your career and life after you left the military?
 
The military helped me grow as a person and this continued during college and in my career.

Brian Stewart, US Navy

Stationed on the USS Long Beach CGN-9 out of San Diego

 

What are your best memories of your time in the service?
Visiting 56 countries in 4 years
What advice would you give to MHS students interested in military service?
 
To seriously consider military as an option after high school
How did your time in the service help you in your career and life after you left the military?
GI Bill paid for my college, provided with the life skills needed to successful with my career and as a person.

Ms. Jane Garcia, US Army

Stationed in Alabama/Germany/California

What are your best memories of your time in the service?
 
Camaraderie/Opportunity to experience cultures different from mine.
What advice would you give to MHS students interested in military service?
 
It is a good avenue to build on. If you don’t want to listen and follow orders…stay home because failure to complete contract can have negative lifelong implications and consequences.
How did your time in the service help you in your career and life after you left the military?
 
It helped me to maintain order and structure in my life. Paid for my college and allowed me to build a life that I otherwise would not have been able to do.

(SFC) Mario E. López, US Army

Stationed at Ft. Huachuca for deployment for Persian Gulf War

What are your best memories of your time in the service?
 
The best memories are working and training with everyone in my unit. Being in the Military was very interesting, so I loved it. I served in the Arizona Army National Guard for 22 years. Being a citizen soldier gave me the best of two worlds military and civilian. I have been retired for 14 years, but we all still have contact and do gathering every 3 to five years, especially all of us that served in the Persian Gulf War.
What advice would you give to MHS students interested in military service?
I would advise to join which ever branch they are interested in. If a student does not know what to do with their life, yet, join and see the world. I believe that the military instills leadership, direction, and discipline in any person. There are a lot of careers in the military, and they take care of you while you are being trained. It is a totally different experience.
How did your time in the service help you in your career and life after you left the military?
 
The military pushed me out of my comfort zone. It gave me leadership skills and helped me find things about me that I would have never learned if I did not join. I have been a teacher and now a counselor, and the military in many ways helped me become what I am today. It also taught me that when the going gets tough, I have to be tougher. I am proud of serving my country. I

LTC (Ret) David Nguyen
US Army
Stationed in: Texas, Kansas, Arizona, Colorado, Korea, etc…

What are your best memories of your time in the service?

Being with other Soldiers.

What advice would you give to MHS students interested in military service?

Get your HS degree, stay fit, and stay out of trouble. Military service is a honorable profession. Only .5% of Americans serve in the military. You would be one of the few.

How did your time in the service help you in your career and life after you left the military?

Military service has given me a solid framework that shapes every aspect of my life. The military emphasizes on leadership and teamwork, both which are important in career and life. There’s so much more that I can list.

Michelle Grover, US Air Force
Have been all over the world. Currently stationed at Luke AFB

What are your best memories of your time in the service?

The people.

What advice would you give to MHS students interested in military service?
Pick your job. You must love what you do day to day. From there pick your branch of service. Remember there is more than Active Duty as an option.

How did your time in the service help you in your career and life after you left the military?
It helps me see the big picture and what is really important in life.

Mark Anthony McCulloch, US Army and Navy
Stationed at Mark Anthony McCulloch

What are your best memories of your time in the service?

the team work and bonds that I established with my team.

What advice would you give to MHS students interested in military service?

I tell them it is a honorable, rewarding, and life changing experience.

How did your time in the service help you in your career and life after you left the military?
My time in the military help me to grow into a well rounded individual from my foreign deployments. I also grew to understand the concept of honor and duty country, and the concept of leadership. The military gave me and my family great support in my pursuit for higher education and career.

Dean of Darkness, US Army
Stationed in Arizona

What are your best memories of your time in the service?

Firing the .50 cal

What advice would you give to MHS students interested in military service?

Speak with recruiters from all different branches and take your time deciding which branch and military job is right for you.

How did your time in the service help you in your career and life after you left the military?

As a soldier for our Arizona Army National Guard, I train at least once a month. It keeps me physically fit and mentally strong.

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