Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Justin John, who served with the 10th Mountain Division and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Justin John obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University in 2006. After commissioning, John attended the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Ranger School in Fort Benning, Georgia.
His first assignment was as a weapons platoon leader in the 2nd Battalion, Fourth Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. Shortly after his arrival, John deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
After attending the Maneuver Captains Career Course in Fort Benning, Georgia, John graduated from the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School with honors. He completed the Special Forces Qualification Course. After graduation, John served with the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), where he became an assistant S-3 operation officer with the 3rd Battalion. In May 2013, John moved to Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion as an advanced special operations detachment commander, where he served until the conclusion of his military service.
His decorations include a Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with fours bronze oak leaf cluster, Iraq Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Metal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon. He also earned the Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Special Forces Tab, Valorous Unit Award and the Slovakian Military Parachutist Badge.
After his military service, John worked in auto finance. He also completed his Masters of Business Administration from Texas Christian University.
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