We found four men who served with the AMU, and who have since gone on to other life missions. We asked them to tell us about what they learned from the AMU.
Donald L. Heuman
Michel is the professional shooter for SIG SAUER where he spends time at Sig’s Academy, working with the product managers on new/current equipment, performing demonstrations of product at various shows and more. He also operates his own training business where he trains federal groups, military, law enforcement and civilians to be better shooters. He is the current International Practical Shooting Confederation World Champion.
Today, Tomasie is a professional shooter for Remington Arms. In addition to representing Remington on the shooting circuit, he assists in product management, plays a role in customer service, marketing, as well as research and development.
What are some of the most valuable life lessons learned while in the AMU?
Heuman: Basically, I feel that I learned the importance of listening to those I was coaching. Even the young and inexperienced can help the most experienced to learn more about life and their abilities.
Michel: “Joining the Army and the AMU at such a young age (17), I learned everything. Something as simple as taking care of yourself, doing laundry, balancing a checkbook, etc... However, when it comes down to true life lessons that I carry with me today and raise my children on... the Army values. Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. The Army truly has made me a better person, father, and husband. The AMU provided a platform for me at a young age to live out my dream and do what I love to do. I made the best out of my opportunity there and worked hard to progress my career to where I am today.”
Singley: “If you want to be the best at something you have to surround yourself with the best. Everyday I went downrange to train at the AMU, I shot alongside the best in the country. It motivated me! I learned about the benefits of being a team player. The discipline and dedication it took to be a National Service Rifle Champion can also be applied to a successful career after the military. Many of the skills and values I learned in the Army have helped me to succeed as a member of a professional motorcycle road racing team.”
Tomasie: “The AMU was truly an opportunity of a lifetime! Among the many life lessons, was the power of teamwork. When you combine the efforts of a group of dedicated individuals, there is no limit to what you can achieve. I was also fortunate to learn a deep sense of discipline and perseverance. With enough hard work, any goal is within reach!”