Frankie Burgos joined the Marine Corps in 2012 after graduating from high school. He enlisted in the infantry and served as a mortar man in one of the line companies at 1st Battalion 4th Marines. In his section, he operated in an NCO billet for two deployments. After his discharge from the Marine Corps in 2016, Frankie matriculated at UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall. He recently certified as an EMT and looks forward to serving in the emergency medical field while continuing his studies at UNC. His goal is to pursue an MD with a specialization in Emergency Medicine.
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Collin O’Donnell enlisted in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Combat Medic in 2013 after graduating from high school in Beloit, Wisconsin. His first duty station was with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Vicenza, Italy where he was attached to line units as well as a medical support unit. His final duty station was in Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he was assigned to a reconnaissance unit with the 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division as a Senior Line Medic and Healthcare NCO. He then deployed with that unit to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2017 in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinal and returned in January of 2018. Collin was honorably discharged in July of 2018 after 5 years of service and matriculated at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Fall. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sports Science with the hopes of going to Physician Assistant school. He now lives in Saxapahaw and enjoys hunting, fishing, kayaking, and riding motorcycles.
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Chris joined the Air Force after 9/11. He served as an avionics maintenance technician on C-130s at Dyess AFB, TX, an instructor of avionics on C-130 gunships at Cannon AFB, NM, and production expediter as part of an HH-60G combat search and rescue unit at Moody AFB, GA. He deployed 5 times to Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Qatar and Iraq. He was medically retired in March 2018. He was accepted to his childhood dream school, Carolina, in the summer of 2019. He is currently a public relations major and an intern for UNC Athletics. His goal is to attend the Sports Administration masters program at UNC and hopes to work for Carolina post graduation. Doesn’t own red.
Tyler is from Fairfax, VA and joined the Marine Corps right after graduating high school in 2010. He served as an infantry squad leader with 1st Battalion 4th Marines out of Camp Pendleton (same as el Presidente) until his Honorable Discharge in 2015. After getting out of the Marines, Tyler spent two years going to Northern Virginia Community College and working construction before transferring to UNC Chapel Hill in the Fall of 2017. Tyler is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in business administration and management from Kenan-Flagler with the hopes of getting his Master’s in accounting and becoming a CPA at a tax-consulting firm. When Tyler isn’t studying (which is quite often), you can find him by some body of water with a drink in his hand.
Shane Hale is a U.S. Army veteran with five and a half years of service as an Automated Logistical Specialist. He was stationed at Fort Campbell, KY in the 101st Airborne Division and completed two deployments (2003 and 2005) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Shane began his higher education journey at Durham Technical Community College and transferred to Carolina via the C-STEP program in 2009 where he received his bachelor’s degree in Archaeology with a minor in Linguistics. He now serves as Advisor to the CVO and an advocate for all student veterans on campus. Shane is dedicated to ensuring and facilitating the successful transition for all of Carolina’s military-affiliated students and supporting the CVO in their growth and sustainability.