Hello everyone, welcome to the Right Side Sticker Co. blog. We aren’t sure where this will end up going, but we will start it off with the military and warfighting history of my wife and I’s families. We will start off with me, the current generation.
I am David Bryan Sweetwood Jr. and I first enlisted in the United States Army, as a Topographic Analyst, just after graduating high school in 1998. I was born and raised in Elko, Nevada. Nevada, especially rural northern Nevada, is an area that has been fighting government overreach for a very long time, as someone raised in that kind of environment, I was very honored to be taking the oath to defend the constitution.
After graduating basic training and AIT I was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. I spent a little over three years with the 610th Eng. Detachment, part of the 4th Infantry Division HQ, in the experimental digital division. We were probably at the National Training Center in the miserable California desert more than we were at Fort Hood. I was sitting in our office in the 4th Infantry Division headquarters as we all sat silently watching the second plane fly into the world trade center. As my initial enlistment was coming to an end, I decided to exit the military.
Several years later I grew tired of just watching and hearing about all my old friends deploying and having a rough time (mostly from incompetent leaders), so I re-enlisted in 2005. I was given my rank of E-4 back and assigned to 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division in Fort Lewis, Washington. After a year and a half of training with the new Stryker Brigade Combat Team being promoted to Sergeant, I deployed to Taji, and then Baqubah, Iraq as a part of the “surge”. Anyone who knows, can tell you that Baqubah, and most of Diyala Province were very bad places in that period of the war. There wasn’t a route that could driven with out hitting an IED, especially the wonderful Iranian EFPs (explosively formed penetrators). Towards the end of that deployment, I was selected to attend Warrant Officer Candidate School. Upon redeployment I left Fort Lewis and headed to Fort Rucker, Alabama to begin the next phase of my military career.
I graduated WOCS with honors (I missed being top of my class by 2 points on our last exam) in January 2009 and headed to my first assignment as a Warrant Officer. I was again sent to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team, this time it was 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
While there I got to go to India with one of our Battalions, that was one of the many amazing experiences I had in the military. A year after arriving in Hawaii I was once again headed to Iraq, and again to Baqubah and the Diyala province. That area had dramatically improved since my previous deployment there, and we spent most of our time training a few provincial engineers in mapping and surveying. It was a very rewarding deployment. Just after redeployment the House and
Senate were getting ready to vote on the annual funding bill for the military, however this year, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 had a very egregious and unconstitutional section added to it. Section 1021 originally allowed the indefinite detention of United States citizens on United States soil without charges or trial. Being a very constitutionally minded person I couldn’t stand by and not do anything. The day after the bill was signed into law, I sent a letter to my congressmen asking that they use their authority to release me from my obligation. The congressional investigation made its way through my chain of command, my brigade commander understood my position and recommended my release and honorable discharge, but it likely sat the rest of my time in service on some general’s desk. I was bound to serve out the rest of my obligation, I couldn’t submit my resignation until 2015.
From 2012 to the beginning of 2014, I had a nice break at Fort Riley, Kansas with the 1st Infantry Division. Then a fellow warrant officer who was the OIC (Officer in Charge) of the 10th Mountain Division GEOINT Cell called and asked if I could take his spot in Afghanistan, he had been offered his dream assignment and the command at 10th Mountain wouldn’t release him without a replacement on the way. I agreed and packed my bags again. While deployed I submitted my resignation paperwork and had it approved for an ETS date in June 2015. After a short nine months in Afghanistan I returned to Fort Drum, New York to serve out my last few months out-processing. Thus ended my time in the United States Army
My awards and decorations include:
Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star
Iraq Campaign Medal w/ three Campaign Stars
Bronze Star Medal x2
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal x2
Army Achievement Medal x5
Combat Action Badge