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Military Profile - Robert J. Archiable
Robert J. Archiable
In what branch of the military did you or do you serve?
United States Marine Corps, retired
What is/was your rank?
What led you to join the military?
Several things; first my father, who retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel. Second, the desire to serve a greater cause than just myself. Last but not least, the desire to keep my country, family and friends free from tyranny. I grew up during the Cold War and the former Soviet Union was the “bad guy” then. I didn't want the communist way of life spreading to the United States.
What is the most valuable lesson you've gained from your military service?
Discipline for sure, leadership and the ability to think of others before myself. And no matter how hard the task, find a way to get it done, no excuses.
What are some medals, commendations, citations or other military honors you are proud of having earned?
I've received my share, but the Navy Achievement Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal are the ones that mean the most to me. For my service in Operation Desert Storm, I was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with a Combat “V” device. The “V” is awarded for valor and heroic achievement during combat actions. I was a breach team leader with Charlie company, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion. In short, I was awarded the medal for leading an explosive breach team of 12 Marines through multiple enemy minefields on the first day of the ground war.
For my service with the Minefield Maintenance Section, Marine Barracks, U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, I was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal. I received the award for my leadership abilities and knowledge of minefield operations while assigned as the staff non-commissioned officer in charge of the section.
What are your hobbies and interests?
Motorcycle riding (my Harley of course) and golfing. I also spend about six months each year helping with various veteran fundraising events.
Immediate family members?
Wife Trish L. Marquez-Archiable, son James L. Archiable of Houston and son Raynell R. Sanchez, freshman at Arizona Western College