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101st Airborne Division Soldier finds calling in medicine

 

Written by Sgt. Sharifa Newton
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Many people join the Army trying to figure out what to do with themselves and Spc. Anthony Gonzalez was no different.

“I enlisted because I didn’t want to stay home and do nothing,” said Gonzalez, a Fontana, California, native, and a combat medic specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Artillery Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. “I joined because I wanted to find out what I wanted to do with my life.”

Gonzalez joined at the age of 17 after completing high school. He originally wanted to be an AH-64 Apache repairer, but when he went to the recruiting office they did not have an opening.

Spc. Anthony Gonzalez, a Combat Medic Specialist and a Fontana, California, native, with 2nd platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Artillery Brigade, poses for a photo during the unit’s Table XV gunnery exercise 9th May at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Sharifa Newton, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Spc. Anthony Gonzalez, a Combat Medic Specialist and a Fontana, California, native, with 2nd platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Artillery Brigade, poses for a photo during the unit’s Table XV gunnery exercise 9th May at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Sharifa Newton, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team Celebrates A Profile in Courage

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanFort Campbell, KY – Growing up in Fontana California, Andre Shinda loved to play sports. He played football through high school and wanted what every other high school football player did, to go to the pros.

By his junior year in high school, Shinda was already being looked at by college universities. He was fortunate to make it out of the area he grew up in. Many of his friends and teammates were not. Some had run-ins with the law, others problems with illegal substances.

1st Lt. Andre Shinda (right) and Staff Sgt. Robert Herendeen (left) from 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), race to the finish line at the final event of the ‘Best Rakkasan’ competition here Feb. 20, 2014. The competition tested the two-Soldier teams mentally and physically over two days in a series of eight events to determine the Brigade’s premiere Soldiers. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado/U.S. Army)

1st Lt. Andre Shinda (right) and Staff Sgt. Robert Herendeen (left) from 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), race to the finish line at the final event of the ‘Best Rakkasan’ competition here Feb. 20, 2014. The competition tested the two-Soldier teams mentally and physically over two days in a series of eight events to determine the Brigade’s premiere Soldiers. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado/U.S. Army)

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