Enlistment and Basic Training
Interviewee: Clayton Miller
When Clayton was fourteen he was very interested in and affected by Desert Storm. He served a mission for the LDS church in Arizona and he talks about the importance of service in his life. He moved to Utah and was influenced by conversations he had with a coworker to join the National Guard in 1998. Clayton talks about his basic training experience where he was appointed platoon guide. After that he went to Fort Leonard Wood to train as a heavy equipment operator. He describes coming home after basic training and feeling accomplished and more professional.
He talks about finally getting to his unit and becoming a National Guardsman and reporting to B Company 1457th Combat Engineers. In 2000 he was called to work on projects in preparation for the Olympics. He was part of security for the athletes. In February 2003 Clayton found out he would be activated to go to Iraq. He describes arriving in Kuwait at the end of March and staging for the invasion of Iraq. After a couple of weeks they pushed straight through to the Baghdad International Airport where they were stationed. Clayton describes his duties fixing up the airport, clearing munitions, and providing force protection.
Clayton describes the process of leaving Iraq after thirteen months. He talks about returning home to the US and to his family. Because of his experience serving in Iraq he decided to reenlist and he now works for the National Guard full time as a readiness NCO.