COLUMBUS, Ga. — While many of his fellow Plymouth grads spent time in college classes the past five years, 2004 Plymouth grad Seth Hunter has had a bit different classroom on the way to his bright future.
Enlisting in the Air Force out of school, Hunter’s rise up the ranks has included three combat tours of duty in Iraq, and most recently graduation from the United States Army’s prestigious Ranger School. A Staff Sergeant in the Air Force, Hunter is one of less than 200 Airmen in the history of the Air Force to successfully complete the course.
“I was set to do the training in 2008 but I blew out my knee and had to have surgery,” said Hunter. “When I joined the military my goal was to get into Special Operations. I wanted to push myself to see if that was possible to get into the special forces community and get into leadership school.”
Ranger training is just that — a leadership course designed for small-unit tactics. Training includes reconnaissance, ambushes, raids and patrol of large areas.
When Hunter deployed to Iraq in 2007, his job was to “...work with the army building a rapport with local people. They wanted us to get to know the local community.”
From there he went to head a fire team and rose to be second in command of his squad. From there it was on to work in his unit’s intelligence division and now he is the non-commissioned officer in charge of Sharpshooter/Sniper operations for the 820th Combat Operations Squadron at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.
Taking a little time after his Ranger graduation, Hunter is currently at Fort Benning in Georgia at Airborne school.
“My ultimate goal would be to work for special operations command,” he said. “I’ve got a long way to go before I get to the operational level I want to get to.”
His training has given him many options.
“I know that I want to do another enlistment,” he said of his future plans. “From there I’ll have some options to weigh. I really want to continue working for my country overseas but I’ll need to decide if I can do that best working for a federal agency or private corporation, or if I want my career to be in the military.”
“I really would like the opportunity to thank everybody at home for all their support over the years. A lot of people at home have donated a lot of things in care packages that didn’t just go to me, they went to a lot of guys over there. You’re pretty well cut off from the outside world when you’re in the field and to get anything from home means a lot.”