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    Michigan National Guard Soldier seizes opportunities to pursue civilian career

    Michigan National Guard Soldier seizes opportunities to pursue civilian career

    Photo By Master Sgt. David Eichaker | U.S. Army Pfc. Donald Mass, a shower and laundry specialist with the 464th...... read more read more



    Story by Master Sgt. David Eichaker 

    Michigan National Guard

    WHITE PIGEON, Mich.—Joining the Michigan Army National Guard (MIARNG) was a choice that made perfect sense to Pfc. Donald Mass as he maneuvered through college in preparation for a career in law enforcement.

    Mass enlisted in the MIARNG in 2018, joining the 464th Quartermaster Company as a shower and laundry specialist. Some of his duties include management and maintenance of shower operations, large-scale collapsible tank operations and mobile repair operations for various equipment.

    “My job is to support combat units while in the field,” said Mass. “We also conduct preventive maintenance and service checks for equipment and installation of field showers.”

    Although joining MIARNG has provided benefits, both tangible and intangible for Mass, his main motivation is to use his National Guard experiences to propel his civilian career aspirations.

    He also has another reason for joining the Guard.

    “I joined to take advantage of the many financial benefits of Guard service including financial assistance to help support my family,” said Mass. “While this service has afforded me career stability, I am saving my college benefits for my kids.”

    Mass, currently assigned with Task Force Spartan, one of Michigan’s COVID-19 Vaccination Testing Team Task Forces, is the first in his immediate family to graduate from college.

    “I have a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Colorado Tech University,” he said. “I realized instead of taking time off after graduation that I needed to continue my education and pursue a master’s degree in homeland security.”

    The National Guard offers an array of benefits, from college assistance and paid career training to providing life-long experiences.

    “Joining the Guard really got me back on track mentally and physically to outline and prioritize my goals,” he said. “Serving in the Guard sets you up for success in life and joining the MIARNG was the best decision of my life.”

    Individuals looking for more information about the benefits of serving in the Michigan Air or Army National Guard are encouraged to contact recruiters at: Michigan Army National Guard recruiting,, 888-906-1636, the Michigan Army National Guard app, or Michigan Air National Guard recruiting, 1-800-432-4296 or Facebook at



    Date Taken: 04.28.2021
    Date Posted: 04.28.2021 08:14
    Story ID: 394979
    Location: WHITE PIGEON, MI, US 

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