OTF Soldier Story for October 13, 2008 - Staff Sgt. Angel Nunez
Current Unit: Dallas Recruiting Battalion/USAREC
Current Position: Recruiter
Component: Army Reserve
Current Location: Dallas, Texas
Hometown: El Monte, Calif.
Years of Service: 8
At age seven, Staff Sgt. Nunez's family immigrated to the United States from Mexico. Upon graduating high school in a suburb outside of Los Angeles, he joined the Army because he wanted to gain experience, travel and "give something back to the country that gave me and my family a lot," he said. In 2006, six years into his Army career, Staff Sgt. Nunez achieved an important goal when he became an American citizen.
Staff Sgt. Nunez has now served as an infantryman for eight years. During that time, he has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom twice, first in 2003 and then again from January to December, 2005. While serving his second tour of duty in Iraq, Staff Sgt. Nunez was a member of the 11th Armor Cavalry Regiment out of Fort Irwin, Calif. His responsibilities and roles included gunner of an anti-tank vehicle, squad leader, accessions sergeant, tank commander and dismount squad leader. He remembers being welcomed by local kids who said, "Thank you, Mr. American!"
Now living in Dallas with his wife of eight months, Staff Sgt. Nunez is a recruiter with the Dallas Recruiting Battalion.