Military Hero-Adrian Ramirez
Ramirez became a U.S. Army sergeant at age 20
VICTORIA, Texas—Our Military Hero for the month of September of Adrian Ramirez.
When he was 18 years old, growing up in a small California town near the Mojave Desert, Adrian Ramirez enlisted in the U.S. Army.
Said Ramirez, “One of the biggest reasons was job security, creating some source of stability for myself and my wife, who was my girlfriend at the time, to make sure she was taken care of. We got married right about a year after I got into the Army. ”
For five years, Ramirez was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. At the age of 20, Ramirez was promoted to sergeant.
Said Ramirez, “It was definitely a new experience for me, especially being in charge of a group of people at such a young age. I had some of them that were a lot older than I was, had a lot of life experience. One of my soldiers was 32 years old at the time. It’s one of those things that the Army trains you for with discipline and how to lead people. That helped out a lot.”
Just over a year ago, Ramirez was transferred to Victoria, where he works for the Army as a communications person, dealing with internet, satellites, and phones. Ramirez is also a U.S. Army recruiter, covering an area from Victoria to Karnes City. Last year many high schools were closed to outsiders due to the pandemic.
Said Ramirez, “I would say with the local high schools it’s been very difficult to get access to the schools. It’s been super difficult as a recruiter to get your name and face out and to get to the students the information they need.”
With some school pandemic rules relaxed, Ramirez can now meet with students on campus. I was with Ramirez when he was talking with some prospective recruits at Calhoun High School.
Said Ramirez, “Going to the schools, especially in the smaller towns, seeing the students, getting to see someone in uniform is pretty rare. There’s a shock and awe factor for them. It gets their attention, it brings them in and they can ask the questions they want to ask. There’s a stigma about what it’s like to be in the Army and the military in general, some false connotations we have to clear out of the way when we speak with students.”
Six years in, Adrian Ramirez knows how being in the U.S. Army has changed his life.
Said Ramirez, “It’s been a wild ride.It’s definitely been a positive influence on my life. I like to tell people it’s probably the best thing I could have done for myself. I started college, bought my first house here in Victoria. I’ve been able to take care of my wife and any of her schooling that she’s needed. The Army’s definitely taken care of me.”
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Thank you to Adrian Ramirez and all military veterans out there for the sacrifices made for our freedoms As americans.
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