Pvt. Walker Awarded Army Achievement Medal

Posted on September 13, 2008. Filed under: Walker Military Adventures |

Saturday, September 13, 2008– Although Luke has only been in the 2/505th for a little over 2 months, he has already enjoyed some success and is making a positive impact. During the deployment to Ft. Polk for training at the JRTC of the US Army Luke exhibited such a positive, can-do spirit that he was submitted for the Army Achievement Medal. He received the award on Tuesday the 2nd of Sept. For an E-2 to be awarded the AAM is a pretty big deal. Although the medal is the lowest level award in the Army (but above the Army Service Ribbon) it is not commonly awarded to privates with only 2 months service in their units.

Luke has completed 2 parachute jumps with the 82nd so far, but neither was a tactical jump with his whole unit. Everyone in the 82nd has to make a jump once in a while to maintain their jump status and proficiency; therefore, they round up those who haven’t jumped in a while from every unit and put them on a plane and jump. But the cost of the planes is so high that they make sure the planes are full, so in Luke’s case, even though he jumped in his first week, he had to jump again. New guys get the details like making these kinds of jumps.

Most recently Luke has received some training in combat first aid and opfor weapons. Luke had just worked all night as CQ when he heard about the opfor weapons class. Even though he could have taken the day off to get some sleep he chose to attend the class. He has prior experience with the AK-47 (mine) and the SKS (mine and Jeremy’s). But he did get to work with the PKM, RPG and a couple of other weapons.

Luke is going to get to come home soon for a two week leave before the guys deploy overseas. Right now we are planning on a camp out and pig hunt with a dove hunt with his friend later.




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