Veteran of the Month: Tony Kirk

Sgt Tony Kirk in Addwar

Sgt Tony Kirk in Addwar


By Saline Eagle Staff

Tony Kirk was born in Orriville, Ohio, home of JM Smucker Company. In January of 2001Tony enlisted in the United States Army. He was sent to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma for his basic training and his AIT (Advanced Individual Training). The combined training took 16 weeks, during which time he received artillery training. Upon completion of his assignment, PV1 Tony Kirk was sent to Ft. Hood, Texas.
In 2003, Tony was sent to Taji/Addwar where he was a Spec E4 in the Special Forces Task Force 21, the unit that got Saddam Hussein. From 2005-2007 he served in Taji where he was assigned as a Sgt E5 Command Driver, and from 2007 to 2009 he was in Baghdad, assigned to an Artillary unit again. In June of 2009, Tony received his honorable discharge from the Army.
Tony has run over approximately 65 different IEDS during all his tours each one causing different damages. The injury that ultimately caused him to come home and get his discharge was head trauma that injured his orbital floor, eye, and facial trauma. He had surgery in Germany and then returned home to separate honorably from the Army.
Currently, Tony lives in Saline with his wife, Angela Ogas, and their two daughters, Beth and Kayla.
When asked what he would say to young people contemplating choosing the military, Tony said, “Go ahead, just do it. It is a great way to see and experience the world.”
During his military service, Tony received the following Commendations and Awards:
Iraq Campaign Medal w/two Campaign Start
Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award)
Army Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Valorous Unit Award
Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award)
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd Award)
Combat Action Badge
Driver and Mech Badge With Driver-Tracked Vehicle(s)
Clasp
We thank Tony for his dedicated service to his country and for the sacrifices required of him in the performance of his duty and the preservation of our freedoms. We are thankful he has been able to return home and establish a life in Saline.

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