Sgt. Victor Gaines removes an aluminum membrane between the driver and driven section of the shock tube after a burst. Gaines has been selected for a commission as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (71E). Photo by Steven Galvan
By Steven Galvan, Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
10 JAN 2014
Sgt. Victor Gaines, the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Directed Energy Group of the Ocular Trauma task area at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR), has been selected for a commission as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (71E). His primary duties as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist will be to conduct scientific research of body fluids that can help prevent disease that supports our national defense. Gaines will receive his commission in January when he attends the Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC) at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
“I am excited about being selected for a commission,” he said. “I believe I was selected because I take care of Soldiers and know my job.”
Gaines has been in the Army for seven years and the Institute for two years and has a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at San Antonio as well as a medical technology certification.
“I am very excited to apply my knowledge to my work,” said Gaines. “I love being a non-commissioned officer, and I will miss the direct development of Soldiers.”
Growing up as an Army “brat,” Gaines knew that he would join the Army. “It’s a family tradition,” he said. “My stepdad, both grandfathers and my uncle served in the Army.”
Gaines will receive orders to his first assignment as a commissioned officer when he completes BOLC and will continue working on his current and long-term goals.
“My short-term goal is to finish my master’s degree and my long-term goal is to retire from the Army,” he said.
Gaines gives all the credit of being able to complete this milestone in his Army career is to his family.
“They supported me the first two times that I put on the OML[order of merit list: meets requirements for selection and can be selected if selected applicants cannot fulfill commission obligations].” Gaines said. “And they encouraged me to keep putting in my packet again this year.”
Gaines provides the same advice for anyone seeking to earn direct commission in the Army.
“Don’t give up if you’re not selected,” he said. “And continue to do things to better your packet.”