Author Archives: Chad Garland, Cronkite News Service

Arizonans in ‘Old Guard’ say honoring the fallen is the greatest service

Units of the Old Guard stand in formation during an Army retirement ceremony on Nov. 1 at Fort Myer. (Cronkite News Service photo by Chad Garland)

Former Phoenix residents Tyler O’Connor and Enrique Garcia took different paths to the Army.

O’Connor knew at age 7 that he wanted to be a soldier and spent four years in Army ROTC at Arizona State University to earn a commission in the infantry. Garcia decided much later to enlist, about a year after high school. O’Connor wound up serving in Afghanistan, Garcia was deployed twice to Iraq.

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