On the seventeenth day of February 1987, author and poet Michael Lee Womack was born in the small town of Sanford, North Carolina. While coming up through elementary, middle, and high school, Mr. Womack was extremely shy, but he had a love for the ladies. His love for the ladies would eventually give birth to his love for poetry. When he was in middle and high school, he was specifically known for writing poems for every beautiful woman that he was too shy to speak to. In the summer of 2005, Mr. Womack graduated from Lee Senior High School.
Approximately one month later from reaching this landmark in his life, this young man became a part of something bigger than anything that he had ever been a part of, the United States Army. Mr. Womack enlisted into the United States Army on the 30th of June. From there, he would embark upon a journey unlike any other. Mr. Womack attended one - station unit training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, so that he could serve his country as a 19 Delta Cavalry Scout. Upon the completion of his training at Fort Knox, the United States Army assigned him to the 3rd Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment of the 25th Infantry Division. During the years of 2006- 2007, he would deploy as a Calvary Scout with 3rd Squadron 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment located out of the Pacific Island of Hawaii.
In 2008, this hard working soldier was ready to move on to another duty station. Michael’s next landing spot in the army would once again be Fort Knox, Kentucky. While there, he would spend the next year of his life in the 1st Squadron, 16th U.S. Cavalry working as the OPFOR (Opposing Force) that assisted in the training of fresh, new army lieutenants. After spending the first three years of his army career serving honorably as a Cavalry Scout, this trooper sought to learn another skill. As He continued his journey to the home of the United States Army Signal Corps, also known as Fort Gordon, the state of Georgia would soon be his next home. It would be there where he would learn the skills required to be a 25 Sierra Satellite Communication Systems Operator/Maintainer.
After obtaining the knowledge required to carry out the duties of his new occupation, Michael Womack would continue to soldier on to Fort Stewart, Georgia, home of the 3rd Infantry Division. As soon as he made way to his new Army family, Charlie Company 4-3 BSTB, Michael deployed with them to Ramadi, Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn from the summer of 2010 until the summer of 2011. Three years after that, he would see his army career come to a close, and on the 27th of May 2014, Michael Womack was medically retired from the military.
Upon his departure from the military, Mr. Womack would have problems adjusting to civilian life, and find himself battling a tough bout with depression. However, since then, God has blessed him with a testimony of how He delivered him from depression that he is now able to share with others. In December of 2021, he completed and obtained his Bachelor of Arts with an area of study in English from Thomas Edison State University, because he aspires to one day become an English teacher.
Through your reading of his book, From A Soldier's Perspective, Michael hopes that you gain much insight from what life was like for him as a soldier, as well as what life has been like for him as a veteran. With this book, Mr. Womack hopes to raise awareness of the internal wars that many veterans battle with, such as PTSD and depression, and to offer a story of hope in the process.
No matter how difficult your situation, never forget, that God created you with a purpose and a plan. Forgiveness is one of the most important keys to moving forward, and while we often find ourselves forgiving others, there will also be times where we will have to forgive ourselves. One single compliment, or one positive word, can change the course of someone's day. Bad days will come, but good days will too! No matter what you're going through, remember, God loves you, and I do too.