Have you ever had network connectivity issues? Well in the Army, Nodal Network Systems Operator-Maintainers (25N) fix that issue. Trion native and CHS ’15 grad Spc. Jonathon Housch from the Signal Intelligence Sustainment Company, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st, Airborne Division, is responsible for making sure that the lines of communication are always up and running.
“We help to maintain and manage the network to provide communications to the rest of the company, headquarters and battalion,” said Housch.
Housch, age 20, is a newlywed, and a father. He enjoys the outdoors, hiking and hunting on his free time. Prior to becoming a 25N, he spent most of his time working small jobs and participating in a variety of sports while in high school.
“I was in track, wrestling and cross country,” said Housch.
After graduating high school in 2015, he worked at a convenience store, but joining the U.S. Army was his life-long goal. He said, his father, wife and child, motivated him during initial entry.
“It’s always been a passion of mine to be a part of the military,” said Housch. “My father supported and inspired me to push myself forward for my wife and kid. I turned 17; two days later, I signed the papers. I was really committed on joining.”
Before becoming a Screaming Eagle, Housch’s first duty assignment was in the Republic of Korea.
“When I was over in Korea, I got the opportunity to work with the locals and help with communications,” said Housch. “This gave me the chance to work with higher ranking Soldiers and gain a better perspective on the military.”
While in Korea, he was assigned additional duties that enabled him to advance his career. As a member of SIS, one of his additional duties includes sling load inspector of the company. There, his respect for his occupation and the Army grew.
“I love the traditions, discipline, order and physical training,” said Housch. “My job is challenging, intriguing and fun. There’s never a dull moment. It’s always fun to troubleshoot and try to figure out what’s going on.”
Housch is planning on furthering his military and civilian career by becoming a higher influence in the Army.
“I am currently trying to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science,” said Housch. “I will be going to Air Assault School soon. Between academic and military school, I plan to get into anything and everything I can. My goal is to stay in the Army and retire from it.”
In the future, he hopes to become a sergeant major one day and influence change.
“The Army isn’t easy. It’s meant to be tough. Always push yourself.”
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