28 Sep 2016
- By Bryan Manabat - firstname.lastname@example.org - Variety News Staff
WHILE back on island, Mount Carmel School graduate U.S. Army PFC Joseph Attao spent some time with seniors at his alma mater on Monday.
Attao shared some of his experiences in the military, from boot camp to active duty. He also answered questions regarding military service, his motivations and whether it had been difficult to adjust from civilian to military life.
Attao joined the military in Feb. 2016.
“Honestly, I was not thinking of going into military service after high school,” he said.
“U.S. Army human resource specialist, Julian Reyes, my friend, gave me information on what to expect in the service, and after that I just went for it.”
Attao is with U.S. Army, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne, Calvary Scout, 19th Delta based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
“I’m about to get deployed,” he told Variety. He will be heading to Kosovo after his vacation.
Attao said he feels good visiting his home island and talking to Mount Carmel School officials, teachers and students.
“The president of MCS, Mr. G, is the one who pushed me to strive hard,” he said referring to Galvin Deleon Guerrero.
“Coming back here talking to everyone makes me feel like I’m giving back to those who gave me the motivation to go through everything. Everything starts with that little push — that little push can do so much in a person’s life.”
Asked if he would recommend military service to high school students, Attao said: “Yes, I would. The Army does so much for you, it changes your life, and it makes you a better person. They offer so much. The Army will teach you real life and morals.”
Mount Carmel School is proud of its AlumnKnights, said MCS president Galvin Deleon Guerrero.
“I’m particularly very proud of Mr. Attao. He really has come a long way and overcame a lot to become a man of character and integrity.
“I’m honored that he took time out of his very limited vacation which he could be spending with his family and friends, to come back here to be with our students.”
Mount Carmel School, Deleon Guerrero said, offers its senior high students “Knight seminars.”
“Basically, these seminars help students prepare for life after high school. We cover college admission, financial literacy, work readiness, and career options, and [Attao’s visit is] kind of an extension of that.”