Nathan Peterson has been in the U.S. Army Reserves for 5 years as a 12W Carpentry and Masonry Specialist. He has been deployed for 11 months of those years, spending 4 months in Kuwait and 4 months in Qatar. He originally joined the service for the financial benefits and “to be able to say I did it.”
In addition to his active service, Nathan spends a weekend a month in training and two weeks in annual training. He says there are a few things from his military training that help him in his HCO job. In his combat training, he has experience in CPR and First Aid, which could also come in handy. But he says, tongue in cheek, he would probably apply fewer tourniquets at HCO.
Where the training has helped him, Nathan says, is in the “patience department,” and also working with a variety of people in different situations. “People are going to react differently in stressful or calm environments, so being level-headed with them no matter the situation is important.”
Nathan is a Criminal Justice and Corrections major at Winona State University. He is originally from Byron, where his parents and sister still live. He has a brother who lives in Rochester. In Winona, he lives with his girlfriend, Jess, who also works at HCO. They have a cat named Ivy and a kitten whose “name is currently Roar, though that will probably change.”
He likes to exercise and play Rugby with his friends. He and Jess like to binge watch TV shows. “We loved Monk, and are currently working on Chuck.”
Nathan is pragmatic about his long-term plans, liking to focus on “one thing at a time.” He wants to finish his military training, then graduate from college, and after that, he says, “we’ll see what happens.” In the meantime, he wants to continue his work at HCO. Thank you for your service, Nathan!