Wounded Warrior | EP 31 - Keep The Faith w/ Gunnery Sergeant Isaac Gallegos
Guest: Isaac Gallegos
Isaac Gallegos was born December 18, 1983 at Marine Corps Hospital, Camp Lejeune, NC. He attended elementary school in California and later attended middle and high school in the State of New Mexico where he excelled in sports (football and track). Before graduating high school, he attended San Juan Community College. At high school graduation, he was awarded the Presidential Honor Society Award. Isaac received a Senatorial Appointment and a Congressional Appointment to the Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD but, did not make the final cut. In Jan 2001 he worked for the Criminal Justice Training Authority/Dyna Corp Industries deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq as a Law Enforcement Police/Military Academy Liaison.
Mr. Gallegos attended New Mexico Military Institute for his sophomore year of college where he played Division II football as a “Bronco”. He returned to San Juan College for his final year and upon completion, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps May 18, 2005.
Isaac attended recruit training at MCRD, San Diego and upon graduation attended the School of Infantry Course, Camp Pendleton CA. Upon graduation he was sent to Marine Corps Base, Twenty-Nine Palms, CA where he was stationed with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. In 2006 he deployed with his unit to Iraq in support of combat operations. On August 20, 2006, while conducting a High Value Target Raid, and on route back to base his vehicle ran over a Pressure Plate Improvised Explosive Device consisting of 2 155mm artillery explosive rounds and drums of homemade napalm.
Isaac was pronounced deceased three separate times before doctors were able to stabilize him. He was subsequently transferred to the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX where he underwent numerous surgical procedures. His injuries included 84% burns mostly 2nd and 3rd degree to his body, fractures to his ulna and radial, his jaw was shattered into 37 pieces and orbital and skull fractures. During this time Isaac attended the Urban Leaders Warfare Course at Camp Pendleton, CA September 15, 2009, where he was recognized with the ‘Alfred Carlos Award’ for his leadership abilities. Isaac also participated in several motivational speaking engagements for veteran groups and Boeing International and several Law Enforcement Academy Graduations. During this time Isaac participated in several physical challenges such as the Bataan Death March Memorial Marathon 25 mile hike with 80lbs pack and the Disposable Heroes Project Ultra Marathon 100 miles non-stop.
After over 161 surgical procedures, doctors released Isaac where he remained on active duty and was transferred from the Wounded Warrior Regiment East to the School of Infantry West SOI (W). Upon checking into SOI (W) Sgt Gallegos was inserted into Light Armored Vehicle Training Company as a 0313 instructor/Training NCO. After 1 year Sgt Gallegos was moved to the Regiment S-3 to take over Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Training/Schools. After his re-enlistment July 4, 2013 Sgt Gallegos attended the Intermediate Administrative Specialist Course in Camp Lejeune, NC and graduated on September 15, 2013, and received orders to report to the Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition). Sgt Isaac Gallegos has had the privilege of meeting President Barrack Obama at the 4th of July 2015 and even was mentioned in his speech, former Presidents Bush Sr. and Jr along with a variety of foreign dignitaries such as the Prime Minister of Australia and the Dutch Prince. He was promoted to SSgt Jan 15, 2015, and GySgt on Oct 18, 2018.