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Recognize faculty and staff who served, Day 2

Meet Ms. Simmons and Ms. Zaragoza
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Each year on November 11, the United States recognizes veterans who served in one of the Armed Forces. Because of the proximity to Fort Campbell, Clarksville is home to many hundreds, if not thousands, of veterans. West Creek has its share of veterans as well.

In recognition of the faculty and staff who served, The Coyote Caller would like to profile these brave men and women. Up to Veteran’s Day, we will introduce readers to two veterans a day and let them explain in their own words the significance of serving.

Today, meet Ms. Shimere Simmons, a special populations teacher, and Ms. Linda Zaragoza, or Ms. Z, the technology fixer-upper repair technician.

Contributed by Ms. Simmons

Ms. Simmons

Question: Which branch of the military did you serve?

Answer: “Army. I was in several different groups and brigades throughout my military career when I was stationed in all different places. My favorite brigade was 2ID HHBN when I was stationed in Korea.”

Q: Why did you choose to enlist in this particular branch?

A: “I enlisted in the Army because all the other branches had long waitlists and I didn’t want to wait forever before going.”

Q: When did you enlist?

A: “I enlisted in 2009.”

Q: Why did you enlist?

A: I wanted something else to do after college and there where no jobs out there.

Q: What would say to students who are thinking about enlisting?

A: “Do your research, do not pick a branch because your friend is going into that branch. Don’t choose a branch because of your parent’s choice. Choose a branch that is the right fit for you and what your ultimate goals are.”

 

Contributed by Ms. Z

Ms. Z

Q: Which branch of the military did you serve?

A: “Army”

Q: Can you be specific about which group, company, brigade, etc.?

A: “1st Armored Division, 21st Medical Batallion”

Q: Why did you choose to enlist in this particular branch?

A: “Because I didn’t want to go out to the ocean (Navy) or fly into the deep blue yonder (Air Force). Marines are straight-up crazy!”

Q: Why did you enlist?

A: “Wanted to shoot the big guns, did not want to go to college and wanted to get out of my hometown.”

Q: How long did you serve?

A: “7 years”

Q: What would say to students who are thinking about enlisting?

A: “Try your best when taking the ASVAB test because when you score high, it will give you more choices for an occupation-career path. In basic training, it’s all a mind game. Just do what your Drill Instructors say and it’s smooth sailing.”

 

We salute Ms. Simmons and Ms. Z for their service.

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