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Spotlight on Veterans

By Shannon Koga

 

 

The Veteran’s Club at Shasta College provides an honorable and charitable service to its students. We interviewed one of its contributing members. Ernesto Jose Perez Jr.

 

Ernesto Perez Jr. served in the Navy as a ship serviceman and Master at Arms. He says, “I’ve been all over the world. I’ve been to Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, England. My job was to protect admirals. So where he went, I went too. I was fortunate to have a duty like that.”

 

Perez was on quite a few ships. Including but not limited to the USS Pyro AE-24, USS Barbie FF1125, and the USS Rentz FFG46. He says, “My main duty was Central Pacific Fleet Operations. That was in Hawaii, Pearl Harbor. I had great duty stations. As I said, I’ve been all over, going different places and countries. I even got to fly to Air Force One…”

 

Perez has been at Shasta Community College since the spring of 2012. He’s majoring in general business. When asked about coming back to school, he says, “It’s a decision I don’t regret. I enjoy going to school. Since I joined the Veterans Club I’ve met and helped a lot of veterans out in the service. I’ve held events for them and their families.”

 

His future goals? Perez is positive about where he’s headed. “[My goals are] to continue with the school on a part-time basis, working with the veterans here and in the community…I have been doing a lot of work for the veterans here (both male and female) at the college…I was really surprised [how much] Shasta College supported the veterans.”

 

Erenesto Perez Jr. is a true hero, and when asked about how he feels about the military, he says, “I had a great time in the army. If I could do it again, I would.”

 

 

 

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