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Celebrating Veterans Day 2011: Joshua Present


November 15, 2011

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Date: 11/15/2011 Description: Celebrating Veteran's Day 2011: Joshua Present - State Dept Image

After graduating high school, and having participated for four years in Air Force Junior ROTC, I enlisted in the U.S. Army on active duty for four years. My chosen military profession was that of a skilled 91B light-wheeled vehicle mechanic. Upon completion of my training I was assigned and dispatched overseas to serve in Seoul, Republic of Korea at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. My assignment there was with headquarters, and Headquarters Company 8TH U.S. Army, as a mechanic. During my four years in Seoul I proudly attained the rank of sergeant, and willingly took on the increased responsibility of squad leader within my platoon.

Upon completion of my active duty contract, I quickly re-enlisted for the U.S. Army Reserves so I could still serve in the military, but also pursue a civilian career. While assigned to the 196th Transportation Company (Reserve) in Orlando, FL I was able to deploy in a quick manner to assist my unit with Haiti Relief efforts after catastrophe struck in 2010.

Today I serve our great nation in a dual capacity as a citizen-soldier working for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security as a security technical specialist in Rosslyn, VA, and an Army Reserve training instructor in Abingdon, MD. It is my honor to work with the best colleagues ever, both in the military and the Foreign Service. The support I have received both from my family here at State and from my military family make it possible for me to continue to serve in this dual capacity.

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