As you well know by now, I was in the Army. I served in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky in June of 2003. More specifically I was with the 1-320th Field artillery (FA) assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT). When you join the Army you request or are assigned a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) that are identified by numbers and letters. My MOS was 92G otherwise known as Cook. I mean hey, I like to eat, feed people and cook so why not right. I mean how hard can it be? I’m thinking yeah we are at war in Iraq, but a cook should be an okay job. Well guess what Basic Training time comes and where do they send future Mr. cook? Fort Benning, Ga, home of the Infantry. I’m thinking this might be kind of cool, but oh shit this is the Infantry training base for the Army! I mean really was i just screwed by good old Uncle Sam already. Well no I wasn’t. It seems that the Army decided to train non combat MOSs, known as soft skills, at Ft. Benning for a bit and I was one of the lucky ones that got to enjoy Sand Hill! Just so we are clear, I absolutely hated and loved my time on Sand Hill at Ft. Benning. See I was 19 years old and as the saying goes, did not know my ass from a whole in the ground. Well Drill Sergeant Jackson showed me the difference in my ass and a whole in the ground rather quickly, I must say. After my days at Ft. Benning i progressed to Advanced Individual Training (AIT). This was cook school at Ft. Lee Virginia. I reported to Ft. Campbell and to my unit on November the 14th 2003; on December the 5th I was in Iraq! In late February I came home from my first deployment to Iraq. We left again in October of 2005 and returned in late 2006. I completed my enlistment in June of 2007 in order to come home and start a family with my wife who I married between deployments to the Sand Box. I will speak more about my time in Iraq on other posts. The Army taught a country boy from Tennessee how to be a man. It taught me further respect than my parents did, although they did a damn good job. The Army, for better or worse, shaped me into the person that I am today. I encourage anyone who wants to serve our great country to do so. The military will teach you things about yourself that you did not know you could learn. It will humble you and fill you with pride at the same time. I would not give those years back for anything in the world.
Jimmy, is me! Yup that’s right you found me! Congratulations!
No really in short I am a Dad, a Husband, a Veteran, a 9-1-1 Operator, a Police and Fire Dispatcher, and this list could go on and on. I, like everyone else, where many different hats at many different times. So I guess you can say I want to connect with the Dads, Veterans, and Husbands out there that do this “adulting” thing on a daily basis. I want to provide my personal insight into these aspects of life. I personally know the struggle of holding all three of the titles, at the same time, and am blessed to do so. But there are just some things that people may not understand unless they are blessed to be a Dad, Husband, or Veteran. It is a particularly difficult task to juggle all of these at once!
See it is simple I became a Veteran before I became a Husband or a Dad. I joined the U.S. Army in 2003 and served 4 years with the 1-320th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division in Ft. Campbell, Ky. There will be other posts to explain this part of my journey later. I did not become a Husband until 2004, and did not become a Dad until 2009. I can say that the best day of my life was when I joined the Army, and then it was when I became a Husband to my beautiful wife, and THEN I was blessed beyond measure and became a Dad to my beautiful, awesome, frustrating daughter. See, my point is everyone asks what the best day of your life is and that changes as you continue through life as it did for me. But have I answered the question of, Who is Jimmy? In a very vague way yes.
So let me give you a little more detail here, and then I will provide full posts on specifics. Okay, everyone gather around, take a knee and listen up. Yes, I am a Veteran as described previously. I served 2 tours in Iraq from 2003-2004 and from 2005-2006, again more on that later. I have also been married to my wife since 2004 and boy what a ride it has been so far. We are celebrating 15 years next year and it has been amazing. Our daughter just turned 9 and is the typical 9 year old little girl in today’s world.
Now you know more about me. Keep coming back to understand and find out more.