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New Wyakin Warrior to be inducted

Alexander Crown will be inducted as the newest member of the Wyakin Warrior Foundation March 20 in Boise State University’s Alumni Center.

A native of League City, Texas, Alexander followed in the footsteps of his grandfathers and uncles to serve his country as an Army infantryman. In high school he joined Army JROTC and because of his participation in this program, he was able to enlist in the U.S. Army as a Private First Class.

Alexander attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, in July of 2004. He also completed Airborne School and was stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and finally Fort Richardson, Alaska, with the 3rd Battalion 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment 4th Brigade Combat Team 25th Infantry Division.

Prior to his deployment, Alexander was promoted to Specialist, joined the scout/sniper platoon and earned an Army Achievement Medal. He also met his wife Casey while stationed in Alaska.

Alexander deployed in October of 2006 to Iraq. While in Iraq, his platoon performed operations in the vicinity of Fallujah. After eleven and a half months of continuous reconnaissance and sniping operations, Alexander was hit by an IED on September 1, 2007. His right leg was heavily damaged from shrapnel which resulted in the loss of his hamstring and a broken femur. Doctors were able to stabilize his wounds and allow him to keep his leg.

He was medically evacuated out of country to Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. There, Alexander spent over a year going to physical therapy and receiving surgeries in order to walk again. After being discharged, Alexander and wife Casey moved to Boise to attend Boise State University.

 Alexander is studying zoology and is interested in working in one of Idaho’s vast wildlife or agricultural organizations after he graduates in 2013.

The Wyakin Warrior FoundationTM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for severely wounded veterans that includes a full ride scholarship, a multi-layered mentoring program (including national-level mentors for each student), an ongoing training/seminar series given by the country’s leaders in business, industry and government, and robust networking to position them for a successful and rewarding career.

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