SGT Lucas Scimia
U.S. Army, Reserve
I was 18 years old, eight hours away from home, and I knew everything there was to know when I first left for college my freshman year. I was a bit of a punk then, and I was determined to prove to myself and to my family that I could cut out on my own. However, I had entirely too much fun. First semester chewed me up and spit me out, and within five months I was in need of a major change.
I’m fairly certain the Army saved my life. I enlisted in February 2005 and have been a proud member of the United States Army ever since. The military instilled some much-needed discipline in me and set me on a path that was unexpected but needed. Within a year of enlistment, I was mobilized and deployed with the 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion C Company. Our Battalion was situated in Tikrit, Iraq while our company was pushed out to Kirkuk, a city located in northeastern Iraq. Our company’s mission was to conduct civil military operations through the building of civil capacity and increasing governance. We worked in coordination with our battle space owners, at the time the 101st Airborne Division, 2/327 No Slack Battalion, as well as some ODA and PSYOP elements. I learned a lot during those 15 months. I would like to think that I grew the most during that time. I knew after that deployment that I would be in it for the long haul.
I deployed again in 2009 to Tallil, Iraq with the 401st Civil Affairs Battalion for about 12 months. After returning home, I was offered a position managing a restaurant where I remained for two years until I made the decision to return back to school.
I have just recently begun my newest journey: pursuing the ever-elusive bachelor’s degree. I attend school with the assistance of the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, many thanks to the help of IAVA, and I am currently studying Corporate and Homeland Security Management at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York. I also serve as a Headquarters section Sergeant for the 306 Engineers Company (USAR) based out of Farmingdale, New York. I am married to my beautiful wife of five years, Millie.