Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Guffey
FORT MCCOY, Wis. – Spc. Logan Walz, Cargo Specialist, 377th Theater Sustainment Command, intends to make a career out of the Army Reserve.
He is a native of Sebewaing, Mich., and is taking part in the 2013 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition, at Fort McCoy, Wis., that started June 23, and concludes June 28.
Shortly after Walz graduated from Advanced Individual Training, he sought advice from his non commissioned officers and asked what he could do to get the most out of his time while with the unit. They suggested in competing for Army Reserve Best Warrior and thus his journey began.
“When I got to basic I just fell in love with the life style, with the work-horse attitude, and lead from the front attitude,” said Walz.
Walz originally wanted to become an officer and enrolled in Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, where he received mentorship and direction from his school’s instructors to enlist first to first gain experience as an enlisted Soldier.
Even though Walz has only served in the Army Reserve for just over a year, he has already excelled in everything he has set out to do. With all he has done, his squad leader has recommended him to be promoted to the rank of corporal.
“He has unlimited potential to go out and do what he wants, he’s a doer, with making him corporal he is now on my heels,” said Sgt. Cameron Edmonds, Walz’s Sponsor.
Walz comes from a long lineage of family members in the military and has had a close relative in every conflict since WWII, from his great grandfather who served on Iwo Jima to many relatives serving today.
Walz always knew he wanted to serve in the military in some capacity. “I joined because my country was in need of Soldiers and I knew I would make a good one and because it is a family tradition,” said Walz.
Walz has several future career aspirations and is currently pursuing training to be an Emergency Medical Technician along with pursuing training to become a fireman. He also wants to obtain a degree in Criminal Justice. Walz took three semesters in civil engineering at Michigan Technical University before deciding to change his career path.
When not training with the Army Reserve or in school Walz, enjoys deer hunting and attending sporting events, especially baseball. “I’m kind of mad at myself because I haven’t made it to a game yet,” said Walz.
Even though Walz is on a fast track in his Army Reserve career, he still seeks the advice of his non commissioned officers and strives to prove to them he has what it takes to be an Army Reserve non commissioned officer.