Lawton Ike’s Kyler Quinn: Athlete of the Month – Presented by Oklahoma Army National Guard

By Chad Waters 

A 2019 Lawton Ike graduate and U.S. Army JROTC Cadet, Kyler Quinn, decided to join the Oklahoma Army National Guard back in June.

During his sophomore year, Quinn joined the JROTC, which is one of the largest character development and citizenship programs for the youth in the world. Lawton Eisenhower High School is one of 1,700 high schools that operates a U.S. Army JROTC program.

“During my time in JROTC I built character and lived by the army values to better myself,” Quinn said. “I was also on the armed drill team.”

Both Quinn’s grandfathers were in the army with one serving in WWII and the other in the Vietnam War. Quinn’s time in the JROTC made his decision to join the Oklahoma Army National Guard an easy one, knowing this is the right next step for his future.

“I really didn’t know what I want to do with my life,” Quinn said. “So, I thought this could help me find out what I want to do within the next couple of years.”

Quinn leaves for basic training in October of this year and will be stationed at Ft. Benning in Georgia, where he will train to become a Combat Engineer. Quinn plans to get his GI Bill and get into a university to earn his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

In the meantime, Quinn plans to enjoy fishing with friends and spending time with his family before leaving for basic training.

“I’m also spending my time trying to work on my physical training to make sure I stay in shape and not fall behind,” Quinn said. “That way, I have the necessary skills to perform the very best when I ship off.”

From the JROTC program at Eisenhower High School to the training fields of Fort Benning, Quinn has a bright future ahead in the Oklahoma Army National Guard.