Staff Sgt. Kevin T. Nguyen, an international Paralympic rifle shooter with the World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) and is attached to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, Fort Benning, Georgia., has distinguished himself through his many accomplishments.
A native of Westminster, California, Nguyen graduated from Westminster School in 2010 and furthered his education at Goldenwest Community College.
Nguyen enlisted in the Army August 30, 2011. After he completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning. Nguyen was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington and assigned to 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, Comanche Company 1st Platoon.
After 11 months of training upon arrival with his first unit, he was deployed to Afghanistan and served in OEF 12-13. Only three months into his tour, Nguyen was struck by a pressure plated IED while on dismounted foot patrol. After being medevac out of Afghanistan, he spent the next two years recovering at the Warrior Transition Unit at the San Diego Naval Medical Hospital. Upon the completion of his recovery, he was able to continue on active duty and later assigned to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit November 1, 2014. Nguyen later PCS’d to Fort Carson in March 2017 and was assigned to the World Class Athlete Program. Nguyen continued to train and shoot alongside his teammates at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit.
Nguyen went to One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, Georgia in 2011. Nguyen attended both the Warrior Leader Course in 2015 and the Infantry Advanced Leader Course in 2017 at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Nguyen's awards include the Purple Heart, Army Accommodation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Good Conduct Medal with one clasp, National Defense Service Medal, ISAF NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2nd award), Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Ribbon, and the Combat Infantry Badge.