For second year COM student, Nicholas Sciaroni, joining the U.S. Army was a way for him to honorably serve his country and follow in the footsteps of both his grandfathers. He wanted to build new skills and see the world outside of his hometown of Fresno. He joined the Army and became a 68W10 Healthcare Specialist attached to the Infantry.
He says one of his greatest accomplishments during his time in the Army is earning the “Hero of the Rotation” at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA for treating and evacuating 10 casualties in a MASCAL (mass casualty exercise) under simulated fire.
He’s also particularly proud of his completion of the Manchu Mile, one of the Army’s most well-known ruck marches that challenges 9th Infantry Regiment Soldiers to march 27 miles in full military gear, earning him a 9th Infantry Regiment “Manchu” Belt Buckle.
He also earned the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Medical Department Regimental Crest, Expert Marksman – Rifle Badge, and the 4th Battalion 9th Infantry Top Medic Award.
“These were the best years of my life. For many veterans it isn’t easy coming back to civilian life. It’s difficult when the world we return to is so undisciplined and chaotic by comparison,” said Sciaroni, “Unfortunately, I have lost more friends to suicide than deployments. Don’t take life and freedoms for granted – many people paid the ultimate price for it.”
Sciaroni is taking the skills that he learned in the Army and is pursuing his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at CHSU.
This is part of an ongoing Veterans Day series honoring those from our CHSU campus community who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.