SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – A U.S. Army Soldier currently assigned to 25th Infantry Division Artillery, 25th Infantry Division, tells his story in support of the second virtual hiring days event of the Army to be held from May 10 to June 14, which aims to have 1,700 people raising their right hands to serve our nation.
Sgt. 1st Class Mark Peralta recently celebrated 15 years of service and received extensive training as a 13J, senior firefighting non-commissioned officer.
“I joined the military because I wanted a sustainable career that allowed me to be independent as a young adult and opportunities to experience the world off the island,” said Peralta. “I want the people of Waipahu to understand that the military can be a springboard for seeking meaningful career opportunities throughout life.”
Peralta, who is from Waipahu, Hawaii, has earned an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in general studies, executive courses, drill sergeant and staff certifications since enlisting in 2006.
“The most valuable benefit to me has been the relationships and networks you build that extend beyond your current career path and are everlasting,” said Peralta.
Throughout his career, Peralta was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Camp Casey, South Korea, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, Fort Sill, OK, and Schofield Barracks, HI.
Since October 2018, he has been a Light Fighter in the service of the US Pacific Division.
Over the past several months, he has helped assess soldiers and mentored non-commissioned officers to hone their military professional skills and competencies in a “Best by Test” section competition.
“Serving in the 25th Infantry Division brings me joy through community service and the ability to give back to the island that raised me,” said Peralta. “The best part of being parked so close to my home is that I have the ability to provide assistance to my family when needed, and the ability to celebrate special occasions with them. “
Peralta will be stationed here until 2021 and plans to retire as a 13J and become a Field Service Representative for the Field Artillery.
“The best part about serving at Schofield Barracks is that the weather is great all year round, and I live the island life that most people have to plan a vacation for,” said Peralta.