A Day in the Life Essay

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[i]Date: 19 May 2015 Location: Fort Hood, TX Time: 1458[/i] [b]A slight breeze rolls on as a number of civilians and Soldiers are standing at the 3d Cavalry Regiment Memorial located just west of the Division West HQ building on Fort Hood. In that crowd is none other than Dave Rydell. He is dressed in his blues, just as he did on his final day of service. His ribbons are stacked, full of color and surrounded by badges. His left sleeve only shows 2 slanted stripes, marking his 8 years of service, just one short of his 3rd stripe. His right sleeve however, sporting 7 small, straighter marks, signifying 3 1/2 total years deployed to combat zones. His ribbons, signifying his awards and decorations include, from the top down: Bronze Star Medal w/ V device; Purple Heart w/ 1 oak leaf cluster; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal w/ 3 oak leaf clusters; Army Achievement Medal w/ 4 oak leaf clusters; Army Good Conduct Medal w/ 2 knots; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ 3 Campaign Stars; Iraq Campaign Medal w/ 2 Campaign Stars; Global War on Terrorism-Expeditionary Medal w/ 4 Campaign Stars; Global War on Terrorism-Service Medal; Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon w/ number 3; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon w/ number 5; and the NATO Medal-Non article 5 for ISAF Afghanistan. His badges include: Combat Action Badge; Basic Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge; Expert Marksmanship Badge w/ carbine and pistol; Driver’s Badge w/ track and wheel; Silver German Marksmanship Qualification Badge. He dawns his uniform as a symbol of everything he has accomplished in his time there. He spent most of his time in the 3d Cavalry Regiment, while also spending 2 years in the 82nd Airborne and the 1st Cavalry Division. 6 years of his career were spent on Fort Hood. The key

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