Spotlight on our Students
Justin Moore – GCSC Law Enforcement Academy
Justin Moore has had a long journey before landing at Gulf Coast State College. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, he enlisted in the US Army at the age of 17 and lived in multiple cities throughout the country and overseas. He began his training in Kentucky as Combat Arms for the 19 Delta Cavalry Scout. From there he was stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia and Fort Hood, Texas and was deployed to Iraq a total of three times.
Finally stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, he was deployed to Afghanistan. Two months into the mission he sustained severe injuries to his leg, back and shoulder due to an explosive device. The explosion resulted in one and a half years of intensive surgeries and physical therapy. “I’m broken now, but everything still works. There were many other close calls, but this was the worst,” said Moore. He was presented with a Purple Heart from the Commanding General at Fort Riley, a military decoration awarded to members of the US Armed Forces who have been killed or wounded during combat.
After leaving the military, Moore and his wife relocated to Panama City to be closer to family and to live near the water. Coming from a family with a history of military and public safety backgrounds, he chose to enroll in GCSC’s Law Enforcement Academy. After graduation, he is planning to join the Ft. Walton Sheriff’s Department, or possibly head back overseas to provide security for State Department officials. He has completed mostly classwork up to this point and is now in a defensive tactics course. “Sergeant Derek Hayes is able to break down the bookwork into scenarios that are easy to understand,” said Moore. “The facilities are top-notch and equipped with instructional space for defensive tactics and fi rearms training. I’m looking forward to firearms training, given my military background. It’s something I will enjoy.”