By Alyssa Salmon Back
New England Army Recruiting Battalion
July 11, 2018
For a pair of local brothers, there was no question of what they would be doing after high school. Tyreik Mingo and Alexander Edwards, recently graduated from Dover High School, knew exactly what they wanted to do after graduation. They are both enlisting in the U.S. Army.
The boys, sons of Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Edwards and Trudy Edwards of Dover, will be enlisting next week as they look to start their military careers. Tyreik is looking to become a bridge crewmember while Alex is pursuing a career as an air defense early warning system operator.
The boys have been active in the community as well as with school activities. They have been involved in manning water stations at local charity races, coaching and refereeing middle school basketball teams and games. They also lettered in volleyball, golf, and track & field. Alexander was also a member of the high school chess team for four years.
Their father has served in the Army for 22 years. The first half of his career, he spent as a wheel vehicle mechanic and a heavy wheel mechanic. Following this, Edwards served as a recruiter, station commander, Company First Sergeant, guidance counselor and master trainer. The past two years, he has been assigned to the New England Recruiting Battalion.
"I am proud and honored that my sons look at me as a role model and choose to follow in my footsteps," says Edwards. "I hope that they meet and exceed my accomplishments."
Both Tyreik and Alex will be working on their bachelor's degrees while serving before going for their masters degrees during their military careers. While 50 percent of today's youth admit they know little to nothing about the military, the Army is the country's single largest provider of college scholarships.Nearly 7,000 enlisted Soldiers completed degrees while serving last year.
"The Army is a huge stepping stone that can be a vehicle to assist almost anyone in achieving their goals. And you can use it to get the career you want," says Edwards. "I recommend looking at the career field you want and comparing the difference between that job in the U.S. Army to that job in the civilian sector in terms of pay, education requirements, benefits, and timeline of promotion or advancement."
Tyreik and Alexander will be enlisting on June 27, 2018 at the MEPS in Portland, Maine. After this, Tyreik will be shipping out to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri while Alex is heading to Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
For more information on joining the US Army, contact the Dover Recruiting Station or go to goarmy.com.