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Art joined the U.S Army on 13 Feb of 1979 at the age of 20, in Paris, TN. He enlisted as a Cavalry Scout (19D) and attended Basic Training and Scout Training (AIT) at Ft. Knox, KY, just 40 miles from where he was born and raised.

Upon completion of that training he was assigned to the Scout Platoon of the 2/48th Infantry in Gelnhausen, Germany from 1979-1981. He participated in a 2 week RANGER Confidence Course with the Scout Platoon as a Private E1. 

He attended advanced reconnaissance training in lower Germany and became a LRRP (LURP) as a Specialist 4th Class.

He returned to the States in 1981 and was stationed at Ft. Knox again with Bravo Troop 5th Cavalry Regiment and trained new soldiers in the art of being a Scout and obtained the rank of Sergeant while there.

He moved to Las Vegas in 1983 and took over as NCOIC (Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge) of the 340th Engineer Detachment for about a year.

He left the service for a number of years and returned to it in 1998 and was then at age 39 trained to be a Heavy Duty Truck Driver (88M HET) for the 257th Trans. Company.  While with the 257th, he was deployed twice (ages 44 and 50) to Kuwait/Iraq to support Iraqi Freedom (03-04, 08-09) and he obtained his highest rank of Sergeant First Class in 2008 and retired as that.

Following his second tour to Iraq and Kuwait, he was put in the Warrior Transition Unit (Wounded Warrior Program) for the next nine months to deal with injuries and issues associated with his deployments.  He was stationed with Bravo Company of that Unit.  While there he struggled with a right shoulder injury, a right knee that had contracted a form of gout in it and the stresses of PTSD. He received over 200 letters there and he is very thankful for those people and their love. (See Slide Show below about his personal project)

He was transferred twice within the battalion, once to the 314th for two years and then finally to the 645th Inland Cargo Handling Company where he reclassified to 88H Cargo Handling Specialist. He served as a platoon sergeant for 3 years and Acting First Sergeant for 1 year, and retired as an advisor for training on 18th Feb. 2016---37 years and 5 days from entry.

His highest awards are the Army Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals and one Army Achievement Medal.

He was coined by Sergeant Major Gene Overstreet (12th Sergeant Major for the Marine Corps) for his song "Army of One" at the NCOA convention in Las Vegas.  The song took just over a year to complete.

He taught himself how to play the harmonica during his second tour to Iraq and feels like that is one of his greatest achievements.


 Army of One

By Arthur Jones

Sept 2002

 Dundee from down under, he killed the crocodile…
Tarzan swang from every tree and made Miss Jane smile…
James Bond is the agent with the license to kill…
Superman is the man, with a body made of steel.

 
I’m an Army of One like the hero’s of old…
Audey Murphy / John Wayne the brave and the bold…
I’m an Army of One in search of a clue
Death before Dishonor for the fearless and the few.

 General Washington crossed the Delaware on a cold Christmas night.
He took twenty-four hundred hero’s and an enemy out of sight.
Neal Armstrong took the first steps for mankind on the moon.
Betsy Ross sewed the first flag for American in bloom.

 I’m an Army of One like the hero’s of old…
Audey Murphy / John Wayne the brave and the bold…
I’m an Army of One in search of a clue
Death before Dishonor for the fearless and the few.

 There are hero’s everywhere in the Land of the Free.
Todd Beamer said, “Let’s Roll” on flight 93.
To feed a hungry person on a cold Christmas day…
You become that special person…a hero for the day!

 I’m an Army of One like the hero’s of old…
Audey Murphy / John Wayne the brave and the bold…
I’m an Army of One in search of a clue
Death before Dishonor for the fearless and the few.

can you pick me out?

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