Luis M. Castillo
United States Marine Corps | 2011-2015
Undergraduate Student, Business Administration major
What was your job in the military?
We were Riflemen, we had different missions and roles. During my deployment to Afghan we patrolled areas utilizing armored trucks. During my deployment to Europe we were to be inserted by helicopter to respond to crisis across the Mediterranean sea.
What was the best part of serving in the military?
The camaraderie built by the hard training we had to perform and the tough lifestyle we had to endure. It created bonds in friendships that are unaffected by time or distance.
What does it mean to be a Veteran at UF?
This is a beautiful school and an amazing campus. The Veteran Affairs Coordinator has helped me tremendously, and Gainesville alone is Veteran-packed! So, it feels great!
How does your military experience affect your life today?
[The military] has made me better both mentally and physically, and launched me forward in manhood like nothing else has before.
BEST food you ate in the military?
A lamb kebab made by Afghan locals (who liked us), followed by a meat lover's pizza in Sicily.
WORST food you ate in the military?
Frozen meat on a stick.
Is there anything you want the UF campus and community to know about Veterans?
We might be slightly older and perhaps a little wiser, but we're all Gators and are here for each other, Veteran or not.