Gregory Sledge, the Founder and Owner of Veterans Moving Help LLC attended Army Basic training at Ft Knox Kentucky where the three steep hills called Agony, Misery, and Heartache lived up to their names during training exercises. Navigating up these hills on a road march with a full ruck sack and a weapon broke down many a recruit.
Mr. Sledge joined the Army six months after he graduated high school in 1984. He grew up in Norfolk, Virginia home of the worlds largest Naval station. He considered joining the Navy but the thought of being at sea for 6 months was not appealing and he hated the idea of wearing those horrid Navy bell bottom dungarees.
Mr. Sledge’s most vivid memory of boot camp at Ft Knox in the dead of winter (January and February) was one of being cold. All the time. The thought sends chills through his body. After completing boot camp, he was assigned to Ft. Benjamin Harrison for Advanced Individual Training (AIT). His Military Occupational Specialty was 75 charlie, Personnel Management Specialist. The job consisted of handling enlisted promotions, assignments, and classifications.
His first duty station was the notorious 2nd Infantry Division. The 2nd D is known for being a tough assignment due to its proximity to the Demilitarized zone (DMZ). The DMZ is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that separates North and South Korea. It has been called “The World’s most dangerous border.” Tensions are very high as North Korean troops and American Soldiers warily eyed each other across barbed wire fences and mine fields. War could start at any second.
Mr. Sledge handled promotions for 5 companies in the 2nd D. His frequently traveled throughout the Division to meet with soldiers to go over their records and advise them on their promotion eligibility. He enjoyed the work and became quite good at it. At the end of his year in Korea, he was asked to extend for another year with the possibility of being promoted to Sergeant. The year in Korea was enough for him so he returned stateside to Fitzsimons Army Medical Center outside Denver in Aurora, Colorado where he completed his enlistment.