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Interview of John Andrew Kispert by Sally Young

April 7, 2014

Feature Article

Corporal Andrew Kispert, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who served in Operation Enduring Freedom between 2007 and 2012, reflects on his five years of active service in this interview. Andrew explains that “all five years was the best part” of his service. He talks about his training with the Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team as well as his infantry and designated marksman training. When he first deployed, Andrew provided security at Guantanamo Bay and worked for a submarine. He also trained foreign nationals in Bahrain, Pakistan, and Jordan. He is most proud of his time in Afghanistan where he guarded a main thoroughfare and a large dam that powered Afghanistan while leading a team in his platoon. He talks fondly about the men he served with and the lessons he learned from his five years of service, lessons that guide him on his path today.

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