After working as an intern in the Operations and Land Management Bureau for two and a half years, student intern Tyler Williams is preparing to embark on an opportunity of a lifetime.
Williams recently joined the Army as a medic after graduating with his associate of arts degree from Pasco-Hernando State College in December. He is leaving in March for basic training in South Carolina.
“I am really excited to serve our country and start this new chapter in my life,” Tyler said.
Williams has dreamed of joining the military since he was 8 years old.
“I compared the Army to the other branches,” Williams said. “I’ve always wanted to be a medic, so they guaranteed me that position and the schooling.”
After Williams graduates basic training, he will take advanced medical training courses and then go to airborne school. Then, the Army will place him for service, likely overseas.
Many District staff have watched Tyler grow up. His mom, Patty Williams, an accounting lead, brought him to numerous "Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work" days in the 12 years she’s been at the District.
“I am so incredibly proud of my son, and I will miss him dearly,” Patty Williams said. “Some people only get to dream about meeting their heroes. I am so lucky to have raised mine.”