From his culture day in Spain to meeting people from all walks of life, Sgt. Carrasco tells us about his experiences in the Army. We are thankful for your service.
1. Full Name?
Christopher John Carrasco
2. What branch of the armed forces did you serve?
3rd infantry division, 3rd battalion, 7th infantry regiment
173rd airborne brigade, 1st battalion, 503rd infantry regiment (airborne)
3. What was your rank?
4. What were your years of service?
2013 – 2019
5. What motivated you to join?
Grandfathers on both side of the family, step grandfather, and uncles who served before me.
6. Tell me about your boot-camp experience?
16 weeks of basic training. Lots of ups and lots of downs. A lot of sleepless nights.
7. How did you get through it?
Knowing many men have done it before me. Keeping a positive mind set, and remembering what the ultimate goal was.
8. Where did you serve the majority of the time in the service?
Caserma Ederle, Italy
9. Tell me about some special people you met while serving?
Every individual I met was special and unique in their own way. Different back grounds, religion, and beliefs. Each having their own reason of joining but all signing on that same dotted line.
10. Who was the most influential to you while serving?
Step Grandfather, Alex Padilla, who served in the Air force in Korea who passed away when I was away at basic training.
11. Tell me a funny story you experienced that could only happen in the military.
Soldiers getting a culture day in Spain. One soldier coming back to camp wasted and pissing on the platoon Sgt..
12. What did you get out of the military?
A new beginning, discipline, and new brothers.
13. Best and worse food you ate?
Worst food – powdered eggs.
Best food – fried chicken.
14. What did you go on to do as a career post- service?
Working with the Waste Dept. with the City of Ontario.
15. Would you do it again?
In a heart beat
16. What do you enjoy doing on your spare time?
17. What does the American flag mean to you?
The sacrifice people have made to defend this nation and keep it free and what it means to be an American.