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Profile: SSG Patrick S.

Profile: SSG Patrick S.

Staff Sergeant

Patrick S.

U.S. Army


11B1P / 68W30

Time in Service
17 years

Did you deploy? If yes, where and in support of which operation.
Yes. 90 - 91 Desert Shield / Desert Storm 2004 - 2006 OIF

What inspired you to join the military?
It was just a foregone conclusion that I would join the Army. Family friend says that I was born in fatigues.

What is the single most important lesson you’ve learned while serving?
There are so many. Keep improving, get the job done, no excuses. One more mile!

What is your most memorable moment or time during your service? Why?
OIF deployment. As a medic I couldn't have asked for a better war deployment. I grew far more as a medic both civilian side and military doing the job in Iraq. We did every type of mission except direct force on force combat and as a medic assigned to a combat arms unit, I got to do it all. The most memorable time during the deployment was working on a Iraqi civilian who had been car-jacked during the hajj to Karbala. He had every injury medics train for except for open head injuries. He was so grievously wounded he depleted the supplies in my self designed medic vest. On-lookers were chanting and singing our praises. Celebratory gun fire was going on and I never heard it. The platoon was doing an awesome job in helping keep the area secure and help my treatment. Three other CLS's were helping keep the gentleman stable. As a civilian EMT- I, I knew how to treat and care very well. However, I missed a single sign that still sticks with me today. He had an open chest wound, high on his right side. "I can't breath". He said over and over again and it never got through to my brain. I should have darted his chest but did not. We got him on the medevac bird but he died enroute to Baghdad. I see the sounds, the smells and the intense environment still today.

How has the military helped you grow personally and professionally?
The Army has helped me identify my shortcomings and weakness and work on them, to continually seek improvement.

If you could tell the world anything you want, what would you say? Why?
America your veterans, most often will go back and do it all over again. We loved what we did and very proud of our service, memories, wounds and disabilities. Is it too much to ask that our post service care and treatment isn't first rate without more drama and trauma?

What’s the dumbest / most cliche thing you’ve heard someone say in the military?
"Adjust your shot group paratrooper!"

Is there anything else you’d like to add that wasn’t previously covered?
Yes, can PT belts in a combat zones, please go away??

If you could go back in time and talk with yourself before you joined, what would you say? Why?
The only thing I would change in that talk to myself, enlist as a medic from the get go and go to 82nd as a Airborne Medic! Instead of waiting till after leaving active duty and re-enlisting in the TXARNG.

If you could tell the average civilian one thing, what would it be? Why?
Enlist at least for one enlistment. It will change you in ways you could never imagine. You will come to appreciate our awesome country in far more deeper levels.

What’s been the most unexpected challenged you’ve faced since leaving the military?
Figuring out what I want to be when I grow up. At 48 years of age, I'm still working on that one!

What else would you like to share?
Even today with a beat up and really aching body with the scars and surgeries, my service opened so many doors for me It has pushed me to new levels of ventures and adventures. Even though my children can never serve due to health problems, they understand service and love of country. They are fierce American patriots. Moving to Fort Bragg just two weeks after being married to my bride, we learned a lot of each other and learned quickly to lean on each other. We just celebrated 29 years of marriage. Our faith in God and the lessons we learned taught us to keep the mission first and pushing forward through the difficult challenges; it has made us a stronger couple with awesome kids. As much as I hurt these days, I'd gladly do it all again.

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kathy nadon - December 2, 2019

I am going to send you the same note as I sent to the others on this website so I don’t miss anyone.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your service to our country. I volunteer because of you, and I love it. I also write to military personnel who are fighting overseas writing letters, sending them cards that they can send home to their loved ones, and of course Peanut Butter Choc chip cookies. If you ever need a homemade card to brighten your day, let me know!

Lee Foley - October 25, 2019

Thank you for sharing SSgt!

Kathy - October 24, 2019

God’s blessings to you, Son, and I’m so very proud of you.

Ysabel Ledezma - October 24, 2019

It was an honor and a privilege serving with you.

Angie - October 11, 2019

Thank you for your service Patrick S.!

David Desmarais - October 11, 2019

Love your story SSG, thanks for sharing. I especially can relate to your comment “Figuring out what I want to do when I grow up” after nearly 20 years of being retired I feel the same. Not a day goes by that I dont think about the Air Force. My service was foundational to my professional development and I will be forever grateful for the honor and opportunity to have served.

Kelly Gonio - October 11, 2019

God bless you and thank you for your sacrifice!

DJ - October 11, 2019


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