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Lieutenant Steven Rendon

Basically when I joined the Army I wanted something, I wanted to do something that I never done before.

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Lieutenant Steven Rendon

Basically when I joined the Army I wanted something, I wanted to do something that I never done before.

My name is Lieutenant Steven Rendon, from Harlingen, Texas. I'm an Army Infantry Officer. Basically when I joined the Army I wanted something, I wanted to do something that I never done before. Something that people I'd met had never done before. I came from a small town and most people never left it. So when I decided to join the Army I was really looking forward for a little bit of adventure and a way to get out.
Went to college, talked to all the guys in ROTC whenever I was in college. It was very inspiring to hear everything that they've been able to do and all the challenges they're overcome being in the Army. So I decide I'd go ahead and commission, commission through Texas A&M ROTC program. And since I've been in the Army, I've learned a lot about myself. Through Ranger school, airborne school, earning my Expert Infantryman's Badge. I've learned who I am and what I really can do. And I know while I was in college it was one of the greatest experiences that I could have had, leadership wise, and just development wise. Going home in the summers, all my friends that weren't in the Army they had stories of going to party and playing video games. And I'd come back with stories of flying on helicopters, riding around on tanks, jumping out of planes and it's really given me something to look forward to everyday. I love coming to work. I love my job and I love the people that I work with. I've met some of the most amazing people in my life throughout my time in the Army. And it's been one of my greatest times to travel as well. Before joining the Army I'd never really left my town or Texas. Since then I've been all over the United States to different military academies and to different bases doing everything from running missions to training, to leading Soldiers.
I don't know where I'll be in the next 10 years or so in my Army career but I know between now and then I'm going to have a lot of challenges to overcome and that's something I look forward to doing every single day.
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