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55 minutes | Feb 14, 2019
Naval Special Warfare, 9/11, and becoming a Seabee - Jose Roman
Jose Roman joined the active duty on September 11, 1991. He eventually transitioned to the Naval Reserve in 1995 working with Naval Special Warfare. After the 9/11 attack, he went back in active duty after 10 years to support the global war on terror. Things got a bit emotional when he shared that he lost his parents at such a young age. He was still in his junior year when his dad died. Soon after, his mother passed away before his senior year. Jose mentioned that he decided to join the military because he knew that he’s not going anywhere after high school. He didn’t take any SAT and admittedly said that he was a bad kid who did some bad stuff back in the day. Consequently, the bad stuff that he did led him to do some community hours at the Navy recruiting station. He also mentioned that there’s no one in the family who previously served in the military. However, the appeal of joining the military to him is really just driving tanks, blowing stuff up, and running stuff over… In this episode, Jose shared a couple of stories from when he was still in the boot camp, narrated how things went during his first deployment, and openly shared how his years of service went by. Listen in until the end to know how 9/11 affected him and how he knew that he was ready to go on active duty the moment it happened. Speaking of which, you will get to have a glimpse of how a true patriot spent his years serving the country. “Anybody can drive a ship but it takes a real leader to chart the course…” [1:53] “You realize that all of a sudden you’re the old guy now…” [50:37] In this Episode Why did he join the military [3:40] The time that he got offered a navy job [5:00] Is there anyone in his family who served in the military [6:00] How were his initial first few hours in the Bootcamp [6:44] Where did he go after Bootcamp [8:04 His first experience in the navy [9:40] Memorable and funny stories from A school [10:23] Jose walks us through his time on the ship [13:00] Jose describes the old school navy [15:00] His first deployment in the ship [15:32] The first time he got the taste of the cafe culture [17:00] Stories from his first deployment [18:34] What is a clamshell [23:55] How many relationships did he see developing [25:10] When did he get back after his first deployment [26:09] Why did he get out of the navy [26:23] When did he roll over to become a Seabee [27:02] Things he did while he’s still training to be a Seabee [27:30] Which team was he attached to for the Naval Special Warfare in the reserves [29:43] Stories from when he was at the Naval Special Warfare [30:58] Funny story when he made a mistake while in El Salvador [31:55] Other detachments that he did after El Salvador [34:35] Did he retire from the military [37:46] What did he retire as [37:50] How did 9/11 impact him as a reservist and as a person who has been in the military for a long time [38:17] A good friend of his who lost a lot of brother during 9/11 [40:03] What happened to him the moment 9/11 happened [40:30] The time he was told repeatedly that he was being recalled [41:25] Did he see a lot of action in Iraq [44:59] Did he meet anybody that’s interesting [45:43] Looking back into the 22 years that he’s been in the military, he shares his top memorable stories that he - haven’t shared before [47:41] More stories from his time in service [51:10] Follow and Connect with Jose: Instagram - @MrJoseRoman Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jose.f.roman.9 Twitter - @Jroman757 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseroman1/ Website - Coming Soon Follow Us: Instagram - https://goo.gl/5x6iF9 Facebook - https://goo.gl/ZGmURF Twitter - https://goo.gl/cTYTvj Gear - https://goo.gl/U5W2Hq This episode was sponsored by MurphyStudio.net so go check them out! Thanks for joining us on today’s episode of The Barracks Stories podcast! If you enjoyed today’s episode, please head over to iTunes and leave us a rating and review. You can also subscribe to the Barracks Stories podcast on the Apple podcast app, follow on Spotify, add to your playlist on Stitcher, or listen on Overcast.
59 minutes | Jan 31, 2019
Barracks Parties, West Point and Being an Orphan - Wesley Wilson
Wesley Wilson served in the United States Army as a Military Police officer in South Korea and the United States Military Academy from 2012-2017. He is now a senior at Fordham studying organizational leadership and serves as the President of the Fordham Veterans Association. Military heritage runs through his family. His uncles were Vietnam veterans and his dad was a Desert Storm veteran as well. He admittedly shared that this played a role on why he decided to join the military. He shared a couple of stories of how hard life has been when he was sent to South Korea while sharing some fun stories in between issues like sexual assault being rampant during his stay there. Life hasn’t been easy for him in South Korea and he even got to the point where thought everybody hated him. Wesley was eventually deployed to West Point after spending a year in South Korea. He admittedly said that he’s surprised how different the culture is in West Point and how welcoming the platoon is. Things got a bit emotional when Wesley shared how his platoon accompanied him in Arlington so he could pay his dad a visit for the first time. This is when he realized what the army is really about. It’s about having a family with you in the absence of your actual family. Listen in until the end as he shared the story about the incident that led him to make up his mind into actually joining the military and why he fought so hard just so he could graduate college.
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