The Office of Veterans Affairs & Military Programs at UConn is pleased to honor Lenny Adams as our “Veteran of the Month” for October 2017. Lenny served in the Active Duty U.S. Army for a little over 6 years as a Medical Laboratory Specialist. He was assigned to the 31st Combat Support Hospital (CSH), and he deployed with them for 15 months during “The Surge” from 2007 to 2008 to Camp Bucca, Iraq. He deployed with them a second time for 11 months during 2010 to Afghanistan: Camp Dwyer, Camp Deleram II, and Camp Arena. During both of those tours, the 31st CSH conducted emergent medical care for a range of members of our joint forces–primarily Army soldiers (Iraq) and Marines (Afghanistan)–as well as the local nationals of each respective country. Lenny recounts: “We saved a lot of lives…but as is often the case, we couldn’t save them all. My experiences throughout my time in the Army helped me to appreciate the many freedoms and amenities that are abundant here in our beloved country. I feel that I have learned many profound lessons through those years of challenges and introspection. In their totality, my experiences have helped me to transform into my best self, and I will always be grateful for that.”
After completing his contract at the end of 2011, Lenny spent some time traveling across the country (from Arizona to Connecticut) as well as an unforgettable trip abroad (Berlin, Germany; Nice, France; and Barcelona, Spain). After those travels, he settled into a job at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital as a Medical Laboratory Technician a year and a half before transferring to their satellite facility Pequot Health Center. After several years of working as a civilian in the medical field, he realized he wanted to become a Computer Scientist and Engineer. So with a lot of determination, Lenny did all that was needed to get accepted into UConn and into the School of Engineering as a Computer Science and Engineering major. He says it has been–and continues to be–one of the greatest challenges of his life!
There are a number of things Lenny enjoys about UConn. He really enjoys the overall atmosphere at UConn, and he appreciates the faculty and staff, as they are all very friendly, enthusiastic, and supportive. He states, “Our UConn veterans community is, in my opinion, out-freakin-standing! We are well connected and share a very dynamic camaraderie–complete with encouragement as well as good humor! It is an empowering experience and one that I thoroughly enjoy being a part of.” Overall, Lenny really enjoys the enthusiasm of the various student clubs, having joined several clubs on-campus. Also, he really appreciates the knowledgeable tutors at the Quantitative Center (Q-Center), and he highly recommends anyone give the Q-Center a try. Last but not least, Lenny has attended several of the Late Night events, which he found to be SO awesome!!! He shares, “I encourage any and all members of our UConn community to stay the course and continue to greet each day as another great opportunity to build the foundation of your future. It is both a privilege and an honor to be a student/veteran here, and it is my goal to continue to contribute positively and enthusiastically to the empowerment of our UConn family!”
If you would like to nominate a student, faculty, or staff member for “Veteran of the Month,” please contact Nikki Cole at Nikki.firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the person and reasons for your nomination.