Why I Stay Army Reserve
“Being a soldier in the Army Reserve, to me, means being the best part of society I can be, better than the average citizen and maintaining my ability to put on a uniform at any time and deploying to protect my family and neighbors freedom.”
Sgt. Matthew S. Powell
I enlisted into the United States Military 23 November 2003 as a 68M20, Nutrition Care Specialist, with a secondary MOS of 92G20, Cook. Currently assigned to the 399th Combat Support Hospital located in Devens, MA.
My military awards include the Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal x2, Army Good Conduct medal, Army reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve medal with M device, NCO Professional Development Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Over Seas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Drivers Badge w/ wheeled vehicles clasp.
I was deployed to Iraq in where I performed guard duty and prepared meals for the other soldiers.
Outside of the Army Reserve I work at L-3 Insight Technology as a Manufacturing Engineer Technician. I graduated from Hesser College in 2009 with an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.
My hobbies are fishing, hunting, camping, any outdoor activities, and geocaching, a form of “hide-and-go-seek” with GPS devices.