An Armed Forces Day Story from a Member of Our Team

This Saturday, May 20th is Armed Forces Day in the United States. We thank all those who have, and those who still do, give up their safety and comfort to protect our country, our lives and everything we love.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

The Story of a Veteran and Zebra Team Member

This Armed Forces Day, we asked Brent “Trig” Peters, a U.S. Army veteran and sales consultant here at Zebra to share the story of his service.

Read His Story

In November of 2009 I re-enlisted into the MN ARNG with Bravo Troop 1-94 CAV (Pine City, MN). During this time period I trained in the following: DRONE (Raven) Operator, WLC, MACP and SAM-G, all while attending college and pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice.

In 2011, I deployed in support of OND/OEF during the drawdown of Military Operations from Iraq.  At the time, I was a Scout Vehicle commander for CET 60 (Bulldogs), completing 10 combat missions from our base of operations at Camp Buehring, Kuwait; up and through Iraq.  I led convoys safely to the following bases (multiple times) in Iraq: Adder, Kalsu, Echo, VBC, JBB and one of the further points, FOB Warrior (Kirkuk). While deployed, I continued the pursuit of my Degree – studying and communicating with my professors remotely, often under IDF.

On November 11th, 2011 my crew encountered an IED directed at our vehicle, which was successfully detonated, but unsuccessful in its purpose.

I’ve received numerous recognitions, medals and awards for my service and currently serve as an 11B (ALC) Instructor with 2-175th RTI (MOD TRNG), Camp Ripley, MN. Aside from my deployment service and the award of my Gold (Combat) Spurs, one of my most gratifying achievements was the award of my Silver Spurs (Proficiency in Tactics and Skills), as a 19D. I received this recognition in June 2014.

My military background and skillset has allowed me to learn adaptability, effective communication, problem solving, improvisation, perseverance and acceptance of responsibility. During my career, I’ve had the opportunity to train with some of the finest people who come from all walks of life. I became a Combatives Instructor in 2012, and joined the Zebra family in July of that year.

I’ve been a student of (and trained in) several different Martial Arts; Okinawan Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, Muay-Thai, Military CQB and also Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics. Throughout my training, I have frequently encountered Zebra Athletics equipment, as the Gold-Standard at several different facilities. My training experiences have allowed me to speak intelligently regarding the use, care, durability and safety characteristics of each product offered. While I am certainly biased as to the quality of products we offer, my opinion is not without merit, having been training on Zebra Mats for several years prior to joining the team.

 

Thanks Again to All Who Serve. Happy Armed Forces Day from Zebra Athletics.