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1LT Brendan Kreckel and his troop would like care packages and letters of encouragement while they are deployed in Afghanistan.
This is the 12th in a series about graduates from Mountain Valley High School who are serving our country in the military.
U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) Brendan Kreckel was stationed in Germany when we began working on this story. Now he is on active duty with the infantry in Afghanistan.
A member of the MVHS class of 2007, 1LT Kreckel has quite a sense of humor. Asked what he would like the folks back home to know, he quipped, “Nothing really, I’m doing this because I’m sure it will make my mom happy. Ha! Ha!”
That sense of humor will go a long way to keeping him and his soldiers safe in a war zone.
1LT Kreckel explains his job, “I am currently assigned as an infantry platoon leader. An average platoon consists of about 40 soldiers. Platoon leaders are responsible for everything the platoon accomplishes and fails to accomplish. Platoon leaders conduct the planning and provide leadership during missions. Infantry is your basic ground combat branch of the military.”
Prior to being in charge of other soldiers, 1LT Kreckel went through several important training courses and schools.
“I have been stationed at Fort Benning (GA), which is where I conducted most of my training,” he described. “At Benning, I completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course (a 16-week course that all infantry officers must complete), Ranger School (the Army’s premier leadership school with a focus on small unit tactics), and Airborne School (learning to jump out of planes). After my training was complete, I was assigned to the 2nd Calvary Regiment located in Vilseck, Germany. Here is where I was assigned as a platoon leader in Fox Troop. We are deployed to Afghanistan on August 25.”
1LT Kreckel listed a number of reasons to join the U.S. Army. “Pay for school. Provide a challenge. Gain some life experience. See how I react in tough situations to gauge what kind of person I am.”
His humor showed again when asked what people at home could do to support him and his troops.
1LT Kreckel said, “Send me money. Ha! Ha! No just kidding.”
He continued, “If they would like to support us, they can send a care package or letters of encouragement to us while we are in Afghanistan. If they wish to do this they can contact my mother, she has the address. I would prefer it if the address was not published in a newspaper. Some people are crazy you know.”
All of the soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen have universally described the importance of care packages from home. This request is especially important because of where 1LT Kreckel and his soldiers are serving.
Before joining the Army, he earned a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from Norwich University.
1LT Kreckel is the son of Jennifer and Dieter Kreckel from Rumford. His sister is Deirdre Lewis. She lives with her husband Jason, who is in the Air Force and their two daughters Avery and Artemis in Navarre, Fl.
If you know of a MVHS alumnus who is currently serving their country or has recently finished their enlistment, please contact Donna Peare at email@example.com.