VETERANS DAY SALUTE: Sergeant Caleb Mackey

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- Meet Sergeant Caleb Mackey.

"I am 23. I graduated from Marshfield High School, Class of 2014.

As long as I can remember, I've always been interested in the military. As far as what branch I wanted to go to, I didn't figure that out until later on in high school. But, ever since I was a little kid, I always enjoyed watching the soldiers walking around and doing their thing. So, I began to read more into them as I got older. It was always a desire of mine to be in the military.

My grandfather on my mother's side was. He was a combat engineer during Vietnam. Hearing some of his stories, I think, is part of what motivated me to want to be in the military.

I went to basic in Fort Benning, Georgia. Went to the infantry basic training down there. From there, I went to the airborne school, learned how to jump out of airplanes there.

From the airborne school, I got sent to the 173rd over in Vincenza, Italy. I spent two years there doing essentially peace missions with the other countries showing America's support for them. Things that we do. From Italy, I came over to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I spent two years there doing further training. From Fort Bragg, I came to this school to change my career toward the Prime Power specialists.

I have all the respect and gratitude for the people who went before me. They helped mold and shape the Army into what it is today.

Personally, I feel with the schools and the schooling I've been to, I wouldn't be who I am today had it not been molded and changed by the people who went before me."