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FEATURE | NGUYEN

RISING SHOOTING STAR: KEVIN NGUYEN
STORY BY JESSICA DELOS REYES

"HE'S JUST THE NICEST GUY."

S

ay Kevin Nguyen's name at most any
shooting match, and from anyone:
competitors, officials-even the
parents in the stands, you'll hear the same
thing-Kevin's just a great guy. With slick
black hair and a constant beaming smile,
Nguyen probably struggles more to don the
stern face he wears on the firing line than
he does the fitted leather shooting jacket he
wears for his competitions.
"Kevin is an amazing person with an incredible drive to compete," said National Rifle Coach
Jason Parker. Parker also worked with Nguyen
during his time in the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. "He's very enjoyable to work with
because he really listens. He soaks it all in, and

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he'll try any new ideas. He has the will and talent to make it to the top of the podium."
SGT Nguyen joined the U.S. Army Infantry in
August 2011. After basic and advanced individual training in Fort Benning, GA, he was sent to
serve with 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team,
2nd Infantry Division, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry
Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.
His Stryker unit was deployed to Afghanistan
in November 2012, and on February 2, 2013
while on patrol, an improvised explosive device was detonated, severely injuring Nguyen's
right foot. At age 20, he made the difficult
decision to amputate the foot.
"It was the hardest thing I have ever done,"
Nguyen remembered about his decision in a
2014 story from Military.com. "I got it done,


https://www.army.mil/article/123861/after_amputation_soldiers_mission_to_remain_infantry http://www.SSUSA.ORG

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