I've been on this forum for about a year now gathering information that will help prepare me to enter the USCG. Its probably time I formally introduce myself on this forum.
I grew up in Utah, joined the UT Army National Guard. My grandfather was UTNG for 42 years and retired as an E9 (Command Sergeant Major). My father was UTNG for a cumulative 22 years, half of which was with the Army Guard and the other half in the Air Guard. He was an OCS graduate but made it only to Captain (O3) since he did not have a college education. My younger brother has been in the UTNG since 2003. All three of my family members mentioned were Army Engineers (build stuff engineers, not blow stuff up engineers).
Me, I chose Intelligence. I speak Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian. I have an AA in Russian, a BA in Intel Studies and I'm now close to an MA in Intel. I've been in the UTARNG since 1999. Since that time, I've spent a couple years in Brazil, two 14 month tours to Iraq (initial invasion, the surge), over 4 years as an instructor for my military occupational specialty 97E/35M. Right now I'm a SFC (E7) unit administrator...
...but that will be only until 10 June when I begin separation leave
because I was selected as a DCIO candidate and I will commission into the USCG in July. Please take note of the smiley above, that's my excited face. I was an alternate last year, but this year I made it. I'm now just waiting to hear from an assignment officer who will let me know where I'm going. I'm in touch with the other DCIO candidate, he's provided some great guidance for me. My recruiters have been great as well. I became aware of the DCIO program in 2008 because of two friends who were accepted to the USCG through this program. As a SFC of 14 years (10 active), I'm feel like I have a lot of experience and a lot to offer the USCG. It will be hard to remove my stripes and pin on the butter bar; I know how I look at young Second Lieutenants (O1). That being said, I know there is a lot that an Army SFC does not know about being a USCG Ensign. I'm excited to learn.
I have a wife, a 2 year old daughter, two dogs, a Harley, more guns than fingers, and I'm a big 49ers fan. I'm pretty excited to finally be able to join the ranks of the USCG.