Our guest for this week is James
He started his 16-week bootcamp at Fort Ben from basic training to AIT. During his AIT days, it was a relentless barrage of trainings and drills. It even came to a point where he even dream about those drills at night. After the bootcamp, he wants to get away as far as possible from Tennessee and luckily his first duty station was in Fort Louis in Washington State. He was eventually transferred to Germany for 3 years with a 15 month tour to Iraq and Afghanistan afterwards in 2010. He medically retired in 2014 due to sustained injuries.
We talked about his memorable experiences during his 16-week bootcamp, his time at Washington State where he got culturally shocked, his eventual transfer to Germany and crazy drunk stories while he was there and got in “trouble” with the German police. He shared how he appreciates the German soldiers, why Germans love Americans and if he’s still friend with the soldiers he worked with.
James also shared his experience when transferred to Fort Campbell in Kentucky and how it changed his life, the story of his deployment in Afghanistan and why it's way different from Iraq, his back injury and how it happened, and many more.
"That portion of my life was definitely my college experience. I think I got my bachelors in being a man during my time in Germany"
“All my training was inadequate to prepare me for the culture that runs strong on Fort Campbell. It was the epitome of unit pride when you land on Fort Campbell.” (29:16)
“The only standard knows accepted in Fort Campbell is perfection.”
“I spent the first 4 to 6 months of my time doing school after school after school to get me ready for what were about to move in to which was a very highly kinetic deployment to Afghanistan.” (30:30)
"Being able to do that (deployment) with the 101st (Airborne). I didn’t feel afraid or whatsoever. I felt empowered, whatever fears I had was muffled by the strength and courage of each and every single people that I served within 101st" (36:00)
“Afghanistan for me was , it’s what gave me an opportunity to view the world in a much compassionate way.” (36:55)
“Just because it doesn’t impact you right here right now doesn’t mean that it’s not going on” (41:38)
In This Episode:
- What made him join the military and his back story (1:34)
- What it feels going to bootcamp (16-week bootcamp)
- Basic training to AIT
- Fun stories during from AIT (4:35)
- Next step after AIT (06:07)
- James’ time in Washington State
- Good stories back in Washington State (09:20)
- Most ridiculous story that’s shareable (15:15)
- James’ experience with German army and how it impacted him [23:13]
- How Germany loves Americans and if he’s still friends with some of them [23:47]
- Left Germany in 2009 and go transferred to Fort Campbell Kentucky 101st Airborne [25:40]
- Significance of the day he got back to US [26:13]
- How his duty at Fort Campbell changed his life [28:38]
- Story of James’ deployment in Afghanistan and why it’s totally different from Iraq [35:25]
- How his deployment in Afghanistan changed him [36:45]
- James’ back injury and how it happened in Afghanistan [40:51]
- His new job after his injury [45:33]
- Memories from his last 3 years in service [51:58]
- The dumbest thing that his subordinate ever did [57:11]
- A story that James’ was hesitant to share [59:09]
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