For retired Sergeant First Class, Steven Mudd, joining the military was a matter of legacy. His family has served in the United States military, generation after generation, stretching all the way back to the Revolutionary War. He wanted to continue that legacy by serving his nation.
There was a definite transition from civilian to military life. Your Drill Sergeant became your mother and father. There are different rules and acceptable practices, and it was suggested to him to be quiet, but ask questions if you do not understand.
Mudd was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, 3rd Brigade, 187th Infantry. The 101st is an elite modular specialized light infantry in the US Army with a long and incredible history. They are often referred to as “the tip of the spear,” and being a part of that is a point of pride for many a soldier. Reconnaissance, intel, gaining enemy locations, air field seizure, and search and destroy missions are only a small part of the things they have done.
Technology however has come a long way since Mudd’s active days in the military. Before computer communication was mainstream, it was common for soldiers to be called upon, and for their families not to hear back from them until they returned. However today, things have changed with the fact that we can call, email, or even video chat from around the world.
The military has not only been a career, but a life changing force for Mudd. It has left a lasting impression, giving him hope for the country. This thing we call America, just doesn’t happen. It takes men and women out there in the field, during times of war and times of peace, protecting the Republic, so we at home can continue to enjoy life as we know it.
It is a sacrifice to serve the country, but for people such as retired Sergeant First Class, Steven Mudd, it was not a sacrifice, but a privilege and an honor to serve his country, preserving the Republic for future generations.