It all began in 1961 when Bruce joined the Army and jumped out of airplanes at Fort Bragg, NC. in 1962. SGM Long served thirty years in the United States Army, both active duty, Reserves and National Guard. SGM Long’s active duty assignments include 82nd Airborne division, 173rd Airborne Brigade (LRRP) later to become N Co, 75th Rangers, 46 Co Special Forces Thailand and the United States Civil Affairs Command at Ft Bragg, N.C during Desert Storm. SGM Long’s foreign deployments include Thailand, Korea, Panama, Canada and Okinawa. While serving in the Special Forces Reserves and National Guard his duties included Team Sergeant, Battalion Support First Sergeant, Battalion Operations SGM Company SGM and Battalion SGM.
82nd Airborne Raider course, MACV Recondo School, Special Forces ‘Q’ Course, Operations & Intelligence Course and the First Sergeant’s Academy.
University of Pepperdine Malibu where he obtained a Master’s in Planning and Public administration. SGM Long also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. These Degrees were obtained while employed with the Westminster Police Department for nearly ten years. His assignments were Patrol, Detectives and SWAT.
My Favorite Quote:
LIFE WITHOUT RISK IS NO LIFE AT ALL
I now know why men who have been to war yearn to reunite. Not to tell
stories or look at old pictures. Not to laugh or weep. Comrades gather because
they long to be with the men who once acted at their best; men who suffered
and sacrificed, who suffered and stripped of their humanity.
I did not pick these men. They were delivered by fate and the military. But
I know them in a way I know no other men. I have never given anyone such
trust. They were willing to guard something more precious than my life. They
would have carried my reputation, the memory of me. It was part of the bargain we
all made, the reason we were so willing to die for one another. As long as I
have memory, I will think of them all, every day. I am sure that when I
leave this world, my last thought will be of my family and my comrades…
Such good men.
Former Marine Michael Norman from his book, These Good Men