Specialist Justin Wangerin is a U.S. Army Medic assigned to White Sands Missile Range McAfee Army Health Clinic. Wangerin has been serving in the Army for six years and said he comes from a family who values the tradition of the military.
Tell me about yourself.
I've been married since 2010 and we have two kids, two girls and one boy.
When you were younger what did you aspire to be?
For a long time I wanted to be a veterinarian and take care of animals. I realized I was better at taking care of people than I was at taking care of animals. I found that out later on in life when I became a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician, before I joined the military.
What made you want to join the Army?
There were three things, it was mostly to provide for my family, but I also wanted to continue my education and my family is very military oriented. We've always been pro-military and serving our country and I wanted to follow in the footsteps of those who served before me.
How long have you been in the Army?
This year will make it six years.
How long do you plan to serve?
I plan to serve as long as I possibly can, I'd like to make it a career.
Did you think you'd be serving this long?
Yes, I went in hoping it would be a career.
Is there a moment during your time in the Army that helps define your experience in the Army for us?
There's no one moment but since I've been at WSMR I've been key in the Inspector General inspection. One of my key roles is to lead the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Explosion Emergency management here at the clinic. I do everything from training the clinic personnel on how to respond medically to the administrative side of rating Standards of Operations.
What have you learned during your time in the Army?
I've learned to have more confidence in myself and my abilities. I take on more roles and responsibilities.
How has the Army helped shape you to be the person you are today?
I'm more confident and more willing to step out of my comfort zone. I take on new tasks that I normally wouldn't step into.
What has the Army instilled in you?
Leadership, understanding how to manage both people and time and juggling all of the things you have to do at once.
What are some of the things you like to do on your spare time?
Spending time with my family. I have children between the ages of 15 years-old to 18-months-old. One thing the Army has also taught me is how to make little things matter the most, especially when it comes to family.