an Automotive Organization Mechanic in Afghanistan. Other students included Michael Drew, Patrick Lee of the Marine Corp Infantry and Roman Castruita, who retired from the Navy after serving in three separate missions. Matt's journey with the Marine Corp began after 9/11, a turning point for him, and an incentive to take action. Lance Corporal Amos was deployed to Iraq in February 2006, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 5-07 and was wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while on a dismounted patrol. He suffered lacerations to the face and extremities as well as numerous shrapnel wounds to the arms and legs. He re-enlisted in July of 2007, when he accepted orders to Inspector- Instructor Staff 24th Marine Regiment in Kansas City, Missouri. There, he pWyoTech students prepare to install the Off- Road Pro Series Magnaflow cat-back exhaust system - perfect for Sgt Amos' off- and onroad excursions. enrolled in the Fish and Wildlife program at Oregon State University and participated in numerous community outreach programs. He received orders for duty with the 1st Marine Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton and was deployed to Afghanistan in March of 2011. While on a dismounted patrol in June, he was severely wounded after stepping on the pressure plate of an IED, which resulted in the loss of both of his 5th Annual Wounded Warrior Car Show at WyoTech Long Beach pSgt Amos talks to WyoTech students after the presentation. These students, fellow Marines, helped to install the aftermarket components on the Jeep. tPro Comp supplied these 17x9 Series 7036 alloy wheels. pShawn Walker and Jeremy Kalcsics from WyoTech prepare to install the 2.5" Pro Comp suspension system with ES9000 shocks to handle the beefy Pro Comp wheels and tires. pThe Pro Comp LED light bar is big improvement over stock with a 15.6 G-Force vibration rating and a 3-watt CREE LED for light that delivers a 60-degree light pattern up close and a 10-degree pattern down the road for long-range requirements. legs, a fractured pelvis, and numerous internal injuries. Amos underwent several surgeries, was transferred to Naval Medical Center San Diego and then assigned to Wounded Warrior Battalion West. Matt's military awards include: Purple Heart with one gold star for 2nd award, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat distinguishing device and two gold stars for 3rd award, Combat Action Ribbon with one gold star for 2nd award, Navy Unit Commendation Medal, and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with one bronze star for 2nd award. Matt says, "Being a Marine is the most rewarding job I can think of. It doesn't matter where you came from, what you were, what you've done. It's a family, a brotherhood that continues even after you leave; all Marines past and present have a bond that is unlike anything you'll find in any other job. I'm filled with pride just thinking about it." Today, Matt is undergoing physical therapy. He is married to Audrie and they have two daughters; Lily age 6, and Clara age 3. p OCTOBER 2012 ORA / 9

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