Thinking back, serving in the military was not my first choice. After graduating from high school, I applied for several jobs. After no response, I contacted my army recruiter. So in 1979, my military career began.
After completing basic training and AIT training, I was stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Being from the south, I have never seen so much snow in my life.
I was station at Fort Campbell and from there to Panama Canal Zone, then back to Fort Stewart Ga., and then to Germany. I served a total of eight years in the army. I decided to continue my military service by joining the National Guard.
I joined a unit close to home. That unit was the 1128th Trans. Co., a heavy medium truck unit. I served 11 years of peacetime with this unit. We were activated for Desert Shield, Desert Storm. I served 12 months of active duty.
I had the honor of serving with a group of excellent guys. After returning home, my unit was activated again for Operation Iraq Freedom. I served for 16 months.
After completing duty and serving 23 years of service, I decided to retire and spend some time with the family. I had a great time serving my country.
But I'm having a better time serving with Post 2016 American Legion located near Union Springs Al. I serve with a great group of men and women. I am Retired SFC. Amos Tarver