“At Bastogne we were cold. We were Hungry. But we had to get the job done. A job ought to be done right if you’re going to do it at all.” -Bill Wingett, Infantryman, 101st Airborne Division
In the Tennessee heat at Fort Campbell, July’s Sponsor a Soldier honoree 1LT Flint may not be cold and hungry, but he’s getting the job done, and doing it right.
1LT Sean Flint, is a present-day Infantryman serving in the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division. It’s the same division that produced heroes like Dick Winters and Joe. E. Mann. Flint’s brigade is named for the WWII Siege of Bastogne mentioned by Wingett above.
The 101st Airborne Division is one of the most decorated units in the U.S. Army. As a member of such, Flint’s accomplishments as an Army Infantry Officer do not disappoint. His left lapel is embroidered with patches that indicate Flint is an Army Ranger, Airborne, Air Assault, and Pathfinder qualified, and most recently, a recipient of the Expert Infantry Badge.
For Flint, these skills aren’t just listed on his record, they’re in his blood. 1LT Flint is a fourth generation Infantryman. He’s been conditioning his mind and his body for the task long before he joined the ranks of the 101st.
In high school, Flint was a three-sport athlete with the skills and determination to land him a lacrosse scholarship at the United States Military Academy, West Point. There, as a kinesiology major, he also joined the strength team and served as the strength coach for the girl’s volleyball team. Even now he spends long hours in the gym to ensure he’s able to handle the physical demands of being an Army Ranger.
“ I have always been amazed at Sean's dedication to fitness and the care he takes in keeping his body in tip-top shape for his job,” said Sean’s wife, Julia Flint “If he's not home with me and our two kids he is at the gym training.”
Currently, 1LT Flint serves as a platoon leader for a Mortar Platoon at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. He lives there with his two children, a gangly bloodhound, and a very proud wife, who nominated him as NFP’s Sponsored Soldier.
“I wanted to nominate Sean to remind him how proud I am at how hard he works,” said Julia Flint. “Even though he is gone for days, weeks, or months at a time, I always want him to remember how fortunate I feel that he is my husband.”
From all of us at the NFP Gear team, Thank you 1LT Sean Flint for your service. We’re proud to honor soldiers like you.
The NFP Sponsor A Soldier Program represents our effort to support our US Military Members. We can’t repay them for their sacrifice, but we can pay tribute to our Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Sailors with this small token of our sincere appreciation. We hope these gifts of supplements and clothing will provide some relief to those living without the comforts of home.
To nominate a service member or inquire about the NFP Sponsor a Soldier program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions received by the 15th will be considered for the current month’s program honoree. Please include the service member’s name, contact information, and a brief explanation of why you wish to nominate him or her.