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Twenty One Gun Podcast

Oct 21, 2021

Ranger Rick was born Belize and moved to Jersey City NJ at seven where he grew up with his mom stepfather and four sisters. He attended New Jersey City University where he obtained his GED and also his EMT-B(basic) certificate. He worked as a first responder before his mom decided he should go into the military. Rick attended basic training and AIT at Fort Sill Oklahoma and went on to volunteer for US Army Airborne and Ranger Indoctrination Program. After completion he was assigned to 1st Ranger Battalion spent 4 years there then PCS to Camp Greaves South Korea . He did a year tour then decided to attend Special Forces Assessment and Selection course. Upon successful completion of the Q Course, he was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group. He deployed four times with short tours in between. He was shot January 26th 2008 FIVE times. He returned home for a month and half before returning to combat zone to be with his team. Ranger Rick's awards include a Purple Heart, two Bronze stars, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and many others. He was discharge in June of 2011.

Since separation from the army he worked many odd jobs and tried to attend school but did not have the attention span. Like many GWOT veterans, he a hard adjustment to civilian life where he would find himself lost and at rock bottom. Rick lost one of his best friend to suicide which then he realize his life needed to change. During this time he created Parking Sign Dedication and the Man22 Suicide Awareness Run which both are going on their 6th year. He has since graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College with his degree in Welding Technology. Rick lives in Fayetteville and focuses on with his mission within the First Responder/Veteran Community and the hopes of becoming a welding instructor at Fayetteville Tech.