By Touré McCoy, Nacogdoches ISD Communications Intern
NACOGDOCHES — With Veteran’s Day around the corner, Nacogdoches ISD takes this time to highlight an employee who served our country in the military.
Nacogdoches ISD bus driver Stephen Grimes served in the U.S. Armed Forces for 6 years on active duty and 4 years in the reserves. He left active duty as a Staff Sergeant, also known as E-5, and he was promoted to Technical Sergeant, or E-6, while in the reserves.
Grimes initially joined the military to gain experience with electronics. After the tragic incident of 9/11, his motives changed.
“The way I looked at it, if we could take the fight to them then the people here would not have to endure it,” Grimes said. He was now going to protect our country.
Grimes recommend the military to anyone interested.
“Not only will you be serving your country, but you will also be learning the skills that you need to make a life for yourself,” he said. He’s currently back in school, and because of the G.I. Bill, his tuition is covered.
Stephen Grimes’s experience in the U.S. Air Force has had great impact on his life. The skills he learned at basic training are what qualified him for his current job at the NISD bus barn.
Loy Walker, NISD director of Transportation said, “Stephen produces quality work and has a great attitude. He demonstrates initiative and good judgment. He maintains a cordial and effective relationship with all employees.”
“I am honored that they gave me the chance to work for them and feel privileged to work with a great group of people,” said Grimes.
The 6 years Grimes was on active duty, he served Minot Air Force Base in Minot, North Dakota. In the 4 years of Reserves, he drilled in Fort Worth, and has visited Kuwait, Iraq, Japan, and Alaska between 2004 and 2011. After years of traveling, he is now in his hometown with family and friends.
“The lessons that I learned while I was serving my country will be with me for the rest of my life,” Grimes said.