Staff Sgt. Travis Mooney and daughter, Adison, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Why I Stay Army Reserve
“In my mind of minds, I’ve always felt that being a soldier is the most fulfilling of all things that I could ever do. Its always made me feel proud of what I have done and what I stand for. It has always benefitted me in the civilian world also as far as jobs and the friendships I have made and the camaraderie of the present and past Military members. The honor that you receive from serving in the Military, there is no greater experience.”
Staff Sgt. James T. Mooney
I enlisted into the United States Marine Corps on 30 October 1998. After completing my Marine Corps obligation, I was approached by a friend who was an Army Recruiter who encouraged me to continue my service in the Army. Initially, I enlisted for the “Try One” program with the National Guard, however, decided later to continue my service with the Army Reserve. That contract began on 1 July 2003, with an MOS of 11B, Infantryman. The Infantryman supervises, leads, and serves as a member of an infantry activity that employs individual small arms weapons or heavy anti-armor crew served weapons, either vehicle or dismounted in support. We also perform as a member of a fire team during drills and live combat. We perform hand-to-hand combat, and aid in the mobilization of vehicles, troops and weaponry. We help with reconnaissance missions, operate two-way radios and signal equipment, processe prisoners of war and capture documents. I am assigned as a Drill Sergeant to Charlie Company 1st Brigade, 1st of the 320th, 98th Training Division,in Charleston, WV.
I deployed with the Marine Corps in April 2002 to the Phillipines. Our mission there was to build a watch tower and also provide security for the Phillipine President. This allowed us to work side by side with the Phillipine Army as well.
My military awards are the Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Global War On Terrorism Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Merit Unit Commendation, and Drill Sergeant Badge.
I was born and raised in Ohio and graduated from South Gallia High School on 1 June 1997. I also attended Mountain State University. I work full-time for the Army Corps of Engineers as a Lock and Dam Operator on the Ohio River. Basically, I am a dispatcher on the water for the Robert C. Byrd Lock and Dam.
I am a father of 3. I have a daughter, Addison, who is three. I also have twins, Dusty and Alexa, who are eighteen months-old. My hobbies are golfing, watching college football, hunting and being outdoors.