August 8, 2013
By PFC Daniel Wright
Hi, my name is PFC Daniel Wright. I was born in Richmond, Va, September 4th, 1995, into a large family of eight. When I was thirteen years old, my oldest brother, Timothy, joined the United States Marine Corps and went on to see several deployments overseas. My next to oldest brother, John, followed in my brother’s footsteps and also joined the USMC. My brothers’ decisions to join the Armed Forces got me thinking about also pursuing a military career. After many hours of thought and discussing it with my parents, I enlisted in the Army branch of service shortly after my seventeenth birthday.
After the completion of basic training and A.I.T (Advanced Infantry Training) at Fort Benning, Ga., I was chosen to be stationed here in The Old Guard located close to our Nation’s capital. The standards here are the highest and there is no tolerance for imperfection because we have the responsibility to bring honor to our fallen comrades who have given their lives to protect this great country and our freedom. We, The Old Guard, also represent the United States Army to our Nation and the world.
We undergo endless hours of training to perfect our uniforms, rifle maneuvers and our marching skills in order to prepare ourselves for every mission. We also do this to bring ourselves to the level of perfection that is required here. We learn to work as one unit; everyone in sync, dress right dress. This is not a very easy job to say the least, but at the end of the day, we can take great pride in the work we have accomplished. I am honored to call myself an Old Guard Soldier.