Date of birth1984-02-16 (39 years old)
Place of birthMorgan City, Louisiana
Rusty Theriot was born in South Louisiana in 1984. Rusty had a rough upbringing and struggled with his emotions. His father beat him as a child and would degrade him daily. He often thought his life couldn't get any harder with how his own father treated him. After graduating from High School in 2002 he enlisted with the US Army as a Military Police Officer. Rusty completed basic training and AIT at Ft Leonard Wood, MO and was sent to his unit in Ft Polk, Louisana in 2003. Rusty spent 5 years there total but 45 of those 60 months were in the middle east supporting OIF and earned the rank of Sergeant. 6 years later here we are in 2009 Rusty has now been deployed to Afghanistan. Upon his return to the states after deployment, Rusty was promoted to Staff Sergeant and received orders to go to Ft Hood, Texas where he was simply a MP. Rusty was later promoted again to Sergeant First Class before receiving orders in 2012 sending him to Ft Leonard Wood, MO. Rusty was put in a platoon where he ensured that his soldiers were well trained and cared for. In 2014 Rusty was again deployed to Afghanistan in support of OEF and returned to Missouri in 2015. In 2018 Rusty was sent to USAG Stuttgart in the 981st MP Co, 385th MP BN. The AVM-FLA-19 outbreak in 2019 put a delay on a lot of deployments and operations with the US Army instituting a lot of precautionary measures. While the pandemic loomed, soldiers were ordered to wear masks and say away from each other as much as possible. Most work was done remotely; some units fell apart during this time due to not being able to keep in touch with their soldiers and the amount of AWOL reports skyrocketed. Rusty’s unit received orders to deploy to Norway in support of 1st Squadron, 2CR at US Army Garrison Wiesbaden. Rusty's unit was tasked with installation security and PSD (Personal Security Detail) for high-ranking officers, or anyone deemed of importance to the US or Norway. On October 29th, Rusty was conducting a PSD mission to escort a Norwegian official back to Oslo. Their small PSD unit picked up radio traffic from the troops posted at Oslo Airport about potential problems, the transmission was abruptly cut off and a short time later they seen the smoke over the horizon in the direction of the airport. The Norwegian official suggested returning to Nyheim, so they could find out what was happening. On the return trip to Nyheim the PSD vehicles encountered an impassible roadblock so they decided to travel the last 5km on foot. Rusty and his squad prepared for the journey and set out with the official in tow. During their movement they were seeing high numbers of aggressive people, some even daring to attack them. Rusty ordered his troops to deal with the threats with as little force as necessary and to keep moving. They found shelter in an abandoned farmhouse the first night and stood watch shifts throughout the night and continued movement the next morning. On that second day the squad encountered an enraged group of people who attacked them, Rusty had no choice but to authorize deadly force to overcome the horde of crazed people. During the attack the squad was split up and the Norwegian official separated from them. Rusty lost most of his equipment in the attack and spent that night evading the horde and looking for his lost squad and the official, a mission which continues.
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