Former Volunteer Firefighter Now Army Radio Operator At Camp Taji
Camp Taji– A lot has changed since the days shortly after September 11, 2001. For one thing, Nicholas Pata was a firefighter in New York, where he was a member of the brigade in Rockland County. Nicholas and his teammates responded to the call when the Twin Towers Tragedy took place. Nicholas no longer fights fires.
No longer a volunteer firefighter, Nicholas is now an Army Radio Operator with the 2nd Brigade Stryker Combat Team, 27th Infantry Regiment “Wolfhounds,” 1st Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 25th Infantry Division.
Pata is a private first class in the Army, and is on a 15 month deployment in Iraq. He completed his training in California with his unit, before being assigned to deploy in Iraq.
“After working at Ground Zero, and losing people I knew who perished there as firefighters, my decision was made for me, said Pata. “I felt I owed my friends to join the fight,” stated Pata.
Nicholas Pata joined the Army in January of 2007, and completed his boot camp at Fort Benning Georgia. After he was done with his basic combat training he was assigned to Hawaii, to a unit at Schofield Barracks.
Pata is already a decorated hero. He was in the right place at the right time, saving the life of a fellow soldier who was badly burned turning training in California before his Iraq deployment.
Because of his actions, Nicholas Pata was given the Army Achievement Medal for his training rotation performance and service.