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Waller readies for career in U.S. Army

January 18, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

Traer native and North Tama senior Travis Waller has enlisted in the U.S. Army and will begin basic training in February, having recently graduated from North Tama this January.

Waller will be training as an infantryman with airborne in Georgia for approximately 25 weeks, following in the footsteps of family members that also served our country. Even as a kid, Waller considered a career in military. Over the summer, he did research online to learn more about jobs in each branch and talked with an army recruiter about the benefits.

"A big influence that helped me make this decision was my cousin, Jacob," Waller said. "We were really close and he left for the military over the summer. It made me think about what I wanted to do with my life and I finally made the decision to join."

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Travis Waller. Photo submitted.

While Waller isn't considering college right now, he would like to work as a police officer at some point in his future. He looks forward to training, learning new skills and hopes to be stationed overseas to see new places.

"I'm happy to have made this decision, but it's bittersweet to know I'll be away for awhile from family, friends," Waller said. "My family has been really supportive of his decision."

Waller is the son of Sara and Wendell Knoop and Justin Waller. At North Tama, Waller has been involved in football, wrestling, track and golf.

"I am very proud of Travis," Knoop said. I've had a hard time letting go of my first born. It's all new emotions for me to go Thursday for his last day and then on top of that he wants to be a U S Army infantry airborne ranger so that brings on a whole new floodgate of emotions, but when I used to look at him and think wow I raised a pretty damn good young man, now I look at him and say wow I raised a soon to be American soldier!. This momma's heart just explodes with American pride when I look at my son. For all of his life, I did everything in my power to keep that kid safe and now I get the joy to say he gets to protect me and the rest of this country. The military population is less than one percent and I get to say my kid is in that one percent."



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