Staff SGT Donald Wayne West, Jr., enlisted in the United States Army National Guard on September 11, 2001. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Company A of the 150th Combat Engineers served active duty Aug 29, 2004, until Dec 30, 2005. SSGT West returned to college in January, 2006. He married Lauren Ritchie June 9, 2006, at Seaside, Fla., and they have three children. SSGT West completed military service at Camp Minden, LA on Aug 23, 2009.

Friday, February 22, 2008

SSGT West Transfers, Says Farewell to 155th BCT

After Wayne returned from Iraq on December 22, 2005, he moved to Louisiana to finish college at LSU-Shreveport and to be near his fiancee, Lauren. Following their wedding during the summer of 2006, the couple established their home in Louisiana, where their son, Trey, was born last year.

After Wayne and Lauren both graduate from college in May, they will continue living in Minden, La., where Wayne will be attached to a National Guard unit at Camp Minden.

Wayne said thank-you for all of of us who were forever changed by his deployment and faithful service to his unit, his brigade and our country.

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