Service Members – Day 6

Time to get Army strong!

I’m very proud to introduce you to U.S. Army Second Lieutenant Alagie Barrow. Al, like a number of my other entries was prior enlisted but, unlike the previous service members Al is not from the United Sates.

Al grew up in The Republic ofGambia, and was born by a kerosene lamp in a thatched roof hut in the village of Kiang. His village was comprised of about 20 families living in mud homes with no paved roads, running water or electricity.

His family moved to the capital city where his father found work at a shipyard. One day, a 6-year old Al accompanied his father to work. Al’s father worked for a Caribbean gentleman and asked if his son was in school? The next week, Al became the first person in his family to attend school and walked four miles each way for 11 years.

Al has an older brother who found success in Europe and brought him back periodicals from the U.S. during his travels. A coup occurred and conditions in Gambia deteriorated for Al. Motivated by what he read about life outside of his homeland, Al pursued a visa to the United States, and was granted one in 1992 and flew to New York City.

He tried his hand for a semester at the City College of New York, but had to quickly withdraw after finding out that all assignments must be typed. Al had never seena computer.

Unfettered, Al took up work as a salesman, cleaned buildings and bussed tables to make ends meet in N.Y. Meanwhile, he applied for scholarships and eventually moved to Nashville, Tenn. at theinvitationof a local private college. Al went to school during the day and worked nights at a Heinz food plant, got married, and put his education on hold.

2001, Al joined the National Guard to defend his adopted nation as a Private First Class.

In 2008, Al wascommissionedand now we’re in school together at DINFOS.

A pretty amazing story if you ask me.

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3 Responses to “Service Members – Day 6”

  1. graemee says:

    this is wonderful. the lighting is superb. excellent job nick.

  2. Ryan says:

    This is a great pic and a really great story

  3. Anderson says:

    So far, this has been my favorite. The way you have Al positioned, just perfect..fits his story. I love this shot, man.

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