SSG Michael Traver
U.S. Army, National Guard
I've been in the Army for seven years now and just re-enlisted for six more while I was overseas. I joined the Army in 2007 at the age of 21. I spent eight months of training in South Carolina and Virginia. I am currently a Heavy Vehicle Operator, but while in Afghanistan, I was an Assistant Convoy Commander and was in one of our country’s newest mine resistant vehicles doing convoy security and logistics.
I am in the National Guard and my unit based out of San Jose, California was activated for deployment in 2012 and officially shipped out May 2013. We spent our time in the southern province of Afghanistan in Kandahar and just returned in March 2014. I accepted my promotion to Staff Sergeant (SSG), E-6, while deployed. This actually was my first deployment, and I volunteered to go once I found out the 1113th (Eleven Thirteenth) was deploying.
Some of my awards include The Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer's Development Course Ribbon, International Security Assistance Force NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, California Commendation Medal, National Defense Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.