96StangGT4 & 3.8Coastie Military Appreciation

MM Screen Name: 96StangGT4

Name & Rank: Kyle Boehm.. PV2 (long story)

Years/Months in the Service: 3 years, 3 months

MM: What made you want to join the military?

96StangGT4: I have always been interested in the armed forces.  My original plan was to join the Air Force, but I liked what I heard with the National Guard, and later on found out that I’m partially color blind so I couldn’t be a pilot anyway.

MM: What do you like most about it?

96StangGT4: All the cool things we get to do. On mission I’ve seen a lot of new and awesome things.  Back home you just can’t beat rolling by the beach in a humm v.

MM: Biggest dislike?

96StangGT4: A lot of stress builds up and it doesn’t help being away from a home you enjoy very much.

MM: Best Memory?

96StangGT4: Where do I start?  I would have to say watching missiles shoot down radio controlled air planes.

MM: What is your favorite military movie?

96StangGT4: hmm, Stealth?  lol j/k   That’s a tough one.  I liked Stop Loss, Hurt Locker, Black Hawk Down, FMJ.  I think Hurt Locker is my favorite so far though.

MM: Can tell us about one person in the service who has affected your life most?

96StangGT4: I think my SSG has had a big effect in shaping me into a better rounded, more knowledgeable soldier, and has inspired me to do better physically and mentally.

MM Screen Name: 3.8Coastie

Name & Rank: Brandon Leflore / OS2 (E-5)

Years/Months in the Service: 5 years

MM: What made you want to join the military?

3.8Coastie: I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself,  and give back to my country.

MM: What do you like most about it?

3.8Coastie: The missions.  Being able to be directly responsible for saving a life is the best feeling ever.

MM: Biggest dislike?

3.8Coastie: Having to move every few years.

MM: Best Memory?

3.8Coastie: One of my first Search and Rescue cases.  There was a boat approximately 300 nautical miles from Hawaii with a severely injured crew member.  The Captain spoke very broken English,  so it took our entire watch team to figure out what he was saying and determine a way to respond.  We were able to coordinate and get the crew member the medical attention he needed. I will never forget that SAR case.

MM: Can you tell us about one person in the service who has affected your life most?

3.8Coastie: My lead Company Commander.  The values he instilled in me are still my top values to this day,  and I have nothing but absolute respect for him, even though he is now an officer.