Seniors set to serve United States through military commitment
Four members of Moffat County High School’s 2016 graduating class have made a commitment to serve their country.
Not long after graduation, Trace Fallon, Jesse Kurz, Chase Wagoner and Tracer Hickman will begin their training and service as members of the United States Armed Forces.
“I honestly can’t wait,” said Fallon, echoed by his fellow recruits.
Fallon and Kurz are headed for the U.S. Air Force while Wagoner and Hickman will be joining the Marine Corps.
In addition to expressing a desire to serve the nation, the four young men recognized the unparalleled training an opportunity provided by serving in the military.
“If you put on your resume ‘I was a diesel mechanic in the Marine Corps. for four years,’ they’re going to take you… because they know that you’ll get the job done,” said Hickman.
Hickman and Wagoner enlisted together and will be headed to basic training in San Diego on Sept. 19.
“We did the buddy program so we go together,” explained Hickman. “We go through basic together, we go through our first deployment together and our first duty station together.”
The two friends said they had been discussing enlisting in the U.S. Army but Wagoner prompted the decision to join the Marines instead.
One month after graduation, on June 28, Kurz will head to San Antonio for Air Force training and Fallon will be arriving shortly after on Aug. 30.
Fallon, who will be trained in unmanned drone surveillance, has two parents who served in the Army and said he always wanted find a way to serve.
“I chose the Air Force because they have best cybersecurity department,” he said.
Out of the four, Kurz, who is going into avionics, was the only one to express an interest in pursuing a military career.
“I want to see how it is after six years and then go for the full 20 if it’s right,” he said, noting the benefits of military experience in civilian life.
Though they are excited to serve, the graduates understand their commitment and do not take it lightly.
“You never want to take the easy path,” said Hickman. “You take the challenging path.”
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