|SAMARRA, Iraq, June 22, 2006 — There are more than 150 enlisted jobs in the Army and, for one enlisted soldier in the 101st Airborne Division, it’s time to make a potentially explosive career change.
Inspiration for a career change may come from all sorts of places and sometimes it comes by simply asking the right people the right questions.
Spc. Richard Sciascia, Jr., is a cavalry scout for the “Iron Rakkasans” of Forward Support Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. He and his unit are deployed to Forward Operating Base Brassfield-Mora near Samarra, Iraq.
During Sciascia’s time in Iraq, he met soldiers on the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and said he was impressed with their skills doing this very important job. It didn’t take long to decide that he wanted to do what they did. He passed his initial exams and now plans to attend Explosive Ordnance Disposal School when his unit returns to Fort Campbell, Ky.
“When I got here and I saw EOD, I instantly knew that was what I wanted to do,” said Sciascia. “They actively go out and disengage the enemy’s main threat. People see a bomb and they run. (The EOD) sees a bomb and they say, ‘hey, we got to take this out… we got to take care of this… we got to make sure that it doesn’t affect any civilian or military lives.’”
The specialist said he enlisted in the Army at age 26 to make a difference and being from a military family, he understood what he was doing. Sciascia has been in the Army for 19 months and has spent almost half of that time serving in Iraq. He currently works in his unit’s arms room, answers the radio and is his commander’s driver. Several people have asked him why he wants to make this career change and his answer is simple; he wants to continue to make a difference.
Sgt. 1st Class Darrin Watson, team leader from the 748th EOD from Fort Jackson, S.C., is part of the three-man team currently assigned to the Iron Rakkasans and is partly responsible for Sciascia’s desired job change. Watson says Sciascia already has some of the basic skills someone in EOD needs in order to be successful.