Juston served as a Population Control Specialist (11B). He deployed a total of 4 times overseas serving two tours with the “Rakkasans” and two tours “Climbing to Glory.” His perseverance, despite experiencing hefty railing from the Army’s big green weenie, is what ensured his bounce-back from two Article 15s and a Court Martial; Juston eventually earned the rank of SSG.
When the Army went through the development of Brigade Combat Teams, Juston’s unit changed from 2nd Battalion to 3rd of the 187th Infantry Regiment. He deployed to Samarra, Iraq from 2005 – 2006 serving under COL Michael Steele (yes, the same CPT Steele we all know and love). What. Could. Go. Wrong?
Although Juston never got his copy of Black Hawk Down autographed whilst crossing paths with Big Mike in the small-arms repair shop, Juston did earn his CIB along with an unfortunate court martial that resulted in a nine month military confinement sentence. After serving his sentence, Juston fought an uphill legal battle surrounding a stipulation stating that a Soldier confined to four months or more was to receive an automatic general discharge.
Despite Juston’s resilience and perseverance, it wasn’t until his new commander received a letter of recommendation from one of the prosecutors in Juston’s case that Juston was allowed to continue service and re-enlist.
After reporting to the 10th Mountain Division, serving another tour in Iraq (where he learned to Salsa dance at the MWR), and earning the rank of Staff Sergeant in the short time of two years and two months from the date of his release from “The Hard Knox Life,” Juston was hand selected to serve on the PSD team for Generals Terry, Bannister, and Dahl during the unit’s 2010 – 2011 deployment to the Poo-Pond in Kandahar, Afghanistan.