My Vision for this Podcast is to listen, connect and share the stories of the American Soldier.
Donald G. Winn- Host
I am the 4th of 7 children born to Marion T. Winn and Patricia A. (Miller) Winn. My father passed when I was 11 years old leaving my mother to raise their 7 children. That same year our home burnt to the ground, those were very hard times but she kept strong and worked 2 sometimes 3 jobs to keep us together, clothed and fed. Below is a more recent picture of my siblings with our mother.
Needless to say, I had a lot of freedom from a watchful mother because she was working so many jobs to keep up with 7 kids. After a semester of college I found I could not afford to stay enrolled, was probably not far from getting into trouble with the law so I decided it was best for me to enlist into the Army.
May 13th 1975 I enlisted in the Army. After basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, I went to Fort Lewis and served in the 9th Infantry Division as an 11B Infantryman in a Company 3rd /47th Infantry (Foot Cavalry).
While at Ft. Lewis Washington I participated in many Field Training Exercises (FTX) at Fort Lewis, Yakama Firing Center, 29 Palms, the National Training Center and a rotation in Alaska for Operation Jack Frost.
1979, I re-enlisted and became an Air Traffic Controller where I went on to serve in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell Kentucky.
1981, Son, Garrett Edward Winn born at Fort Campbell Kentucky.
1981, I had a permanent change of station to the 125th Air Traffic Control (ATC) Battalion in South Korea.
In Korea I was the Distinguished Graduate of the Primary Leadership Course at Camp Red Cloud.
1983, I went back to Fort Rucker, Alabama and served as an instructor and became the first leader of the Aviation Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course.
During my stint at Ft. Rucker, I went to Air Assault School and was also chosen as Non-Commissioned Officer of the year for the Aviation Branch of the Army Aviation Association of America.
1987, Daughter, Catherine Opal Winn born at Fort Rucker, Alabama
1989, I was transferred to a 1-year tour at Soto Cano Airbase in Honduras (JTF-B) MI Battalion LI.
While in Honduras I participated in Operation Just Cause in Panama.
1990, after returning from Honduras, I was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division Fort Bragg, North Carolina and served in multiple roles but my tour was highlighted when I served as a 1SG, Senior Jump Master and the Aviation Brigade Operations Sergeant Major.
While in the 82nd I served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
1996, after 20+ years I retired from the US Army as a 1SG.
1996, I earned a Bachelor of Science in General Business from Excelsior College.
1999, I earned an Executive MBA from Wake Forest University.
2019, I live with my beautiful wife and step daughter in North Carolina and work in the WiFi networking field. I have 3 children and 3 amazing grandchildren. While volunteering at the USO, I am fortunate get to talk to many soldiers and have always been surprised that many of these stories their own families have never heard.
I attended many schools to include Airborne School, Jump Master Course, Master Fitness Training and the First Sergeant Unit Administration.
My Decorations, Medals, Badges and Campaign Ribbons include:
- Meritorious Service Medal (2)
- Army Commendation Medal (2)
- Army Achievement Medal (2)
- Good Conduct Medal (6)
- National Defense Service Medal
- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
- Southwest Asia Medal with 2 Bronze Service Star (BSS)
- Army Service Ribbon
- Overseas Service Ribbon (2)
- Kuwait Liberation Medal
- Senior Parachutist Badge
- Air Assault Badge
- Expert Rifleman Badge
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