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This is the sixth in a series about graduates from Mountain Valley High School who are serving our country in the military.
U.S. Marine Corporal Mike Redman graduated in 2008 from Telstar High School and is now waiting for a possible third deployment to Afghanistan.
His job in the Reserves is 0311 infantry with third batallion, sixth Marines, lima company. In civilian lingo, that means he is on the front line in combat. For example, he and his squad go door-to-door to secure an area.
According to the Marine website, “Infantry is the central component of Marine ground forces. Infantrymen are trained to locate, close with and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver, or repel the enemy's assault by fire and close combat.”
Cpl. Redman was stationed at Camp LeJeune, NC between his two tours in Afghanistan. In early August, he was training in Wisconsin.
Like many men and women before him, the tragedy on 9/11 motivated him to enlist when he came of age.
Cpl. Redman explained, “I wanted didn’t want people to go through loss so I wanted to stick up for the country.”
He added, “My entire family has been in the military but I learned that after I joined. So maybe my desire is inherited.”
That desire has deepened to almost a philosophy on life. During the interview, Cpl. Redman said a number of times, “I do it for them; that way they don’t have to.”
He lost 10 buddies on his first deployment. In discussing the possibility of a third deployment, Cpl. Redman explained, “I want to get over there again. I know they are watching over me and some day I will meet them again.”
He gave some advice on how people can support military members in the community and in their families.
Cpl. Redman said, “Always be aware that some people may have problems adjusting. Let them come to you rather than you pushing them. Always be there and be willing to help when they are ready for the help. When service members are deployed, send care packages. Care packages are a true life line.”
Cpl. Redman is the son of Robin Paul of Mexico and Thomas Redman of Bryant Pond. He attended Mountain Valley Middle School and freshman year at Mountain Valley High School before transferring to Telstar.