Staff Sgt. Anthony Heinauer was born in Fort Stewart, Georgia. He joined the Army during his senior year of high school and shipped to OSUT at Fort Benning just after graduation from Union Pines High School, in Carthage, NC in May 2014. After completion of initial training, Heinauer was assigned to the Army Marksmanship Unit in Fort Benning. Heinauer has become a multi-time National Champion in NRA Action Pistol and is the current record holder in the Production Optics Division.
Heinauer graduated from Advance Leaders Course, Combat Life Saver, Basic Leader Course, and Master Marksmanship Trainer Course.
His awards include the Army Commendation Awards, Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Development ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Presidents Hundred Tab, and Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge.