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    Family tradition extends four generations

    Family tradition extends four generations

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Chris Perkey | Left, Sgt. Maj. John S. Ugarte, and right, son Pvt. John A. Ugarte pose for a picture...... read more read more

    FORT CARSON, Colo. – According to the Army Values, duty is fulfilling your obligations. But there is no one word that describes what the Ugarte family has done for their country.

    To say they have fulfilled their duties would be a gross understatement as this family has served their country for four consecutive generations.

    Since the Korean War, the U.S. Army has had members of Sgt. Maj. John S. Ugarte’s family serving their country. Ugarte, is currently an operations sergeant major assigned to 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson.

    It all started with Cpl. William Salvatore, Pvt. Ugarte’s great-grandfather, who served as a field wireman with the 19th Engineer Battalion Combat Group in the Pacific and extends to his son, Pvt. John A. Ugarte who is currently at Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

    “I joined the Army because I wanted to better myself physically and mentally and because I wanted to get experience and education that would make me marketable and desirable in the civilian world,” said Ugarte’s son John.

    Upon completion of training Ugarte’s son will be a Computer Detection Systems Repairer assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea.

    “I am honored that my son decided to follow in his family’s footsteps and serve his country,” said Ugarte. “Especially during a time of continued conflict when your average American is either unable or unwilling to make such a sacrifice.”

    Ugarte, his grandfather-in-law, his father-in-law and his son are Soldiers.

    Starting his career in 1996 as an infantryman, Ugarte has been in the Army for 22 years and his children and wife have all made sacrifices.

    “We have made the same sacrifices that all Soldiers endure,” said Ugarte. “Missed birthdays, special events and holidays spent separated due to training or deployment. It is a challenge to keep the family strong as a military family. We continue to push forward through life’s toughest events.”

    One person who has had to deal with deployments and worries about everyone she loves , Shauna Ugarte, wife and stepmother to the two Ugartes currently serving.

    “I am proud of my husband’s service over 21 years,” said Ugarte’s wife Shauna “His dedication to the Army and his accomplishment of earning the rank of sergeant major. While I am extremely proud of my husband’s service, I look forward to the day of his retirement where I hope he transitions to a career that allows him to be home more.”

    The Ugarte family does not believe that their family has a higher level of patriotism being a multigenerational military family, however, they do believe the sense of commitment and duty to one’s country may be greater in a multigenerational family.



    Date Taken: 03.15.2018
    Date Posted: 04.06.2018 21:55
    Story ID: 272147
    Location: FORT CARSON, CO, US 

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