"I always wanted to join the military because my dad, grandpa and great grandpa served and they were positive influences in my life," said Meyer. "I loved hearing their stories and when I'm done I hope I can share my stories with others too."
He attended basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and was an honor graduate from advance individual training at Fort Lee, N.J., recently.
He was grateful to receive the recognition but it's all about being a good Soldier, said Meyer.
"I just did what I was supposed to do," said Meyer.
Meyer served with Company E of the Recruit Sustainment program in Cape Girardeau. Through the program, he learned basic Army skills and values and became more familiar with his role as a Soldier in the Missouri Army National Guard.
Staff Sgt. Karla Threlkeld, recruiter at the Farmington armory, said Meyer will be a great asset to his new unit.
"He has a lot of heart and put 110 percent into everything he does," said Threlkeld. "I'm very proud of him."
Meyer will begin serving with his new unit in August 2012.
Meyer is the son of Dale and Jacquie Meyer, of Farmington. He is a graduate of Farmington High School.
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