An occasional series of chats with one of our troops.
Spc. Eric Armstrong
Hometown: South Sioux City, Neb. / Age: 28 / Iowa National Guard’s 1-113th Cavalry Squadron
Q: How did you come to be serving in Afghanistan?
A: One day I was managing a Famous Dave’s in Sioux City, and I was bored, so I walked over to the mall and signed up. I said I wanted to be a medic. A month later, I was going to basic. That was December 2007.
Q: Any regrets?
A: No, not really. I feel better doing this than being at home just wasting my life away. I’ve got my foot in the door — can pretty much do anything medical that I pretty much want when I get home.
Q: What do you plan to do after this deployment?
A: I’m going back to school for nursing, so we’ll see where that takes me. Either that, or a physician’s assistant program through the military.
Q: Why does your bag of medical supplies have a patch on it that says “Ninja Medic”?
A: I just like ninjas.