Team Rubicon Showed Me I’ve Still Got It

Robert Edwards

From 1991-1997, Robert Edwards served with the U.S. Army as an 88K20 Watercraft Operator. He currently resides in Missouri and deployed on his first operation in January 2016 in response to the flooding in the greater St. Louis area.

In 1997, I was honorably discharged from the military. In the years since, health problems have only permitted me to hold a desk job. I considered myself to be nothing more than a broken down man with health issues. However, the principles and values of the military were still in my blood, and I felt my mission was not complete, which led me to Team Rubicon.

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Operation: Ugly Water in Arnold, MO was my first deployment with TR. On my first day, I warned my team leader that I was broken old man but promised I would work slow and steady. After two days of flood demo, my feet were black and blue and my body was sore but I survived the assault that our Strike Team delivered on that house.

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We managed to completely gut a duplex from floor to ceiling and it was an unbelievable experience! I would not trade anything in the world for the experience I had with my new TR family. Not only did I have the opportunity to serve with some amazing people, but I also proved to myself that I still have what it takes.

Operation: Ugly Water may have been my first deployment but it certainly will not be my last!