SGT TOMMY RIEMAN: AMERICA'S ARMY REAL HERO
During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Sergeant Tommy Rieman distinguished himself by acts of conspicuous gallantry and courage under fire...
"I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE G.I. JOE"
Tommy Rieman recounts that from a young age, role models had a profound influence on his interest in joining the Army. Three of his uncles served in the Army. One served in Special Forces and two served as recruiters.
As a kid I always wanted to be GI Joe, and as a teenager, I either wanted to play college football or join the Army.
By the time he was a junior in high school, Rieman was captain of the football team, playing both quarterback and free safety. He recounts that after high school he had several options to play football for small colleges. However, for Rieman, college football lacked the allure of Soldiering. Today he recalls
I wanted to join
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