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St. Croix Native Anthony John Promoted to Captain

April 6, 2007 — Serving in the U.S. Army often means deployments to faraway countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Djibouti. Many months spent far from family and in the face of danger is commonplace nowadays. Being a soldier in today’s Army requires a strong sense of pride, duty and honor. For some soldiers, these attributes are inherent, but for most they’re learned.
For Army Capt. Anthony John, a 1984 graduate of Central High School, this latest deployment has not only helped him grow as a soldier and an individual, it’s also brought him back to his roots and the lessons learned in his youth.
John is a public-affairs officer currently serving as the deputy officer in charge of media relations for the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He escorts numerous high-profile media and international media figures on a weekly basis.
In addition to escorting media, the JTF has also allowed John to interact with troopers of all the different services.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with such professional individuals from all services," John said. "The joint environment is truly an environment in which you cut your teeth. Working with the other services has helped me become a better leader and soldier."
Before his deployment to Guantanamo, John spent the last 16 years of his life in Hawaii. John prefers the island life and mentality, and it is evident in his style as a leader, as well as his own personal philosophy.
“I believe people from the islands have a greater sense of family and duty," John said. "I think people from the islands feel compelled to do a good job at the things they do, and also take care of those who work alongside them. That’s how I look at my soldiers: I expect a lot from them, but they can expect the same from me, and together we’re like a family."
Being deployed to the Caribbean has given John the opportunity to reminisce on his youth spent growing up on St. Croix.
“I grew up on East Street, Christiansted, a very humble upbringing," he said. "My mother raised me and my seven siblings all by herself. It was her love and devotion for us that inspired me to make something of myself; every accomplishment I achieve is a testament to what she taught me to be."
John also spent his summers with relatives on St. Kitts.
“I spent my summers in the St. Kitts countryside, in Saddlers Village with my relatives," he said. "It was country living, man, we’d have to cook our food over a ‘three-stone fire’ and get our water from the ‘copper.’”
His humble beginnings in the Virgin Islands helped shape him into the man he is today, and the lessons he learned from his mother allow him not only to be a capable leader, but also a dedicated father to his son, Paul, and a dutiful husband to his wife, Yuki.
John was pinned to his current rank of Captain on April 2 by Rear Adm. Harry B. Harris, the JTF Commander. Although he has come a long way and has achieved much, he remains modest and keeps in mind what’s truly important.
“It’s been a long and arduous path, but where there’s a will, there’s a way and as long as I have my family with me, I can achieve anything," John said. "Because it’s all about family, man."

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April 6, 2007 -- Serving in the U.S. Army often means deployments to faraway countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Djibouti. Many months spent far from family and in the face of danger is commonplace nowadays. Being a soldier in today’s Army requires a strong sense of pride, duty and honor. For some soldiers, these attributes are inherent, but for most they’re learned.
For Army Capt. Anthony John, a 1984 graduate of Central High School, this latest deployment has not only helped him grow as a soldier and an individual, it’s also brought him back to his roots and the lessons learned in his youth.
John is a public-affairs officer currently serving as the deputy officer in charge of media relations for the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He escorts numerous high-profile media and international media figures on a weekly basis.
In addition to escorting media, the JTF has also allowed John to interact with troopers of all the different services.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with such professional individuals from all services," John said. "The joint environment is truly an environment in which you cut your teeth. Working with the other services has helped me become a better leader and soldier."
Before his deployment to Guantanamo, John spent the last 16 years of his life in Hawaii. John prefers the island life and mentality, and it is evident in his style as a leader, as well as his own personal philosophy.
“I believe people from the islands have a greater sense of family and duty," John said. "I think people from the islands feel compelled to do a good job at the things they do, and also take care of those who work alongside them. That’s how I look at my soldiers: I expect a lot from them, but they can expect the same from me, and together we’re like a family."
Being deployed to the Caribbean has given John the opportunity to reminisce on his youth spent growing up on St. Croix.
“I grew up on East Street, Christiansted, a very humble upbringing," he said. "My mother raised me and my seven siblings all by herself. It was her love and devotion for us that inspired me to make something of myself; every accomplishment I achieve is a testament to what she taught me to be."
John also spent his summers with relatives on St. Kitts.
“I spent my summers in the St. Kitts countryside, in Saddlers Village with my relatives," he said. "It was country living, man, we’d have to cook our food over a ‘three-stone fire’ and get our water from the ‘copper.’”
His humble beginnings in the Virgin Islands helped shape him into the man he is today, and the lessons he learned from his mother allow him not only to be a capable leader, but also a dedicated father to his son, Paul, and a dutiful husband to his wife, Yuki.
John was pinned to his current rank of Captain on April 2 by Rear Adm. Harry B. Harris, the JTF Commander. Although he has come a long way and has achieved much, he remains modest and keeps in mind what’s truly important.
“It’s been a long and arduous path, but where there’s a will, there’s a way and as long as I have my family with me, I can achieve anything," John said. "Because it’s all about family, man."