The “Sand Box” in the Middle East may be thousands of miles away from Tulsa’s Route 66, but for a United States Marine and newly qualified member of the Marine Special Operations Committee, who asked not to be named for reasons of confidentiality, the realities of war are still fresh in his mind.
|The uniform of the unnamed United States Marine|
However, within a few weeks his convoy was hit with an IED(Improvised Explosive Device) in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province and his unit took casualties. This is when reality set in and emotions ran high. As time went on, he began to have a constant fear and suspicion of local people, making the experience even more stressful.
|The Navy and Marine Corp metal for Combat Valor|
Working alongside a reconnaissance unit made him very interested in reconnaissance work, and while he was still in Afghanistan he applied for reconnaissance school. He would be accepted and upon his return to the states he immediately went to Coronado, Calif., to begin reconnaissance training. His 3 months in reconnaissance school were very intense. “It showed me that it was an exercise of will power, pushing yourself every day,” he said. “I woke up and went to sleep wondering why I was there. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in that it is a big deal to make it through.”