NEWS | April 20, 2018

Meet Your Guard: Sgt. John (Jack) Curtis

Detachment 1, Garrison Support Command

Name: Sgt. John (Jack) Curtis
Military Specialty: 12N Horizontal Construction Engineer
Years of Service: 17
Unit: Detachment 1 – Garrison Support Command Repair + Utility 
Deployments: Iraq, ’06-’07 131st Engineers
Hometown: Carlisle, PA
Current Town: Essex Junction, Vt
High School/Graduation Year: Burlington High School. 1994

Q. Why did you join the Vermont National Guard? 
A. There is a lot of military service history in my family and I wanted to serve.

Q. What do you do in the Vermont National Guard?
A. Construction engineer and military funeral honors team leader.

Q. What do you do for civilian work?
A. University of Vermont Pep Band Co-Director Athletes.

Q. What do you think is the greatest benefit of being in the National Guard?
A. Being able to serve my country and community at the same time.

Q. How has being a National Guard member benefited you in your local community and job?
A. Having positive interaction with the public.

Q. What is your most memorable military moment?
A. My deployment to Iraq.

Q. How long have you lived in Vermont?
A. 29 Years

Q. What is your favorite aspect of living or working where you do?
A. Being able to be in the Army full-time, but still live where I grew up.

Q. What has surprised you about the Vermont National Guard?
A. How integrated into the community the Guard is here.

Q. What is your favorite part about serving in the Vermont National Guard?
A. All of the great people I have gotten to know and work with.

Q. How many push-ups did you get on your last physical fitness test?
A. 45

Q. What made you volunteer for this Senegal Mission?
A. I really wanted to go to Africa and the engineer mission we are doing is pretty exciting.

Q. Is this your first time here going to Senegal?
A. Yes, seeing a different part of the world is exciting to see the different culture.

Q. What is your mission in Senegal?
A. Construct and repair a known distance range with our engineering work.

Q. Why do you think your mission in Senegal is important?
A. It is important for us to broaden our horizons and learn to work with people from different parts of the world and all walks of life.

Q. What do you want to take away from this trip?
A. A better understanding of a culture new to me and a good experience to pass on to other Soldiers.

Q. What are some differences between Senegal and Vermont?
A. Climate, language, beliefs, time zones, culture.