U.S. Department of Defense shares the inspiring story of Army Warrant Officer Roberto Pauleus. In 1990 amidst the country’s first popular vote, he was in high-school and found himself debating on the path he was going to take for his future. Haiti was in turmoil, “people were killing each other. I was still in high school at the time, but the goal was to join the Haitian Military Academy and to become an orthopedist after I graduated high school,” Pauleus remembers. After completing learning basic computing skills in Haiti’s capitol city, he became an accountant in his hometown. “I wanted to pay back what I felt I owed to the U.S. military,” Pauleus mentions. “How they saved lives, how they helped the people there. It was my debt to pay back to the country.” In the summer of 2001,“I came with a green card with my three daughters.” decided to move to America with the goal of becoming a soldier. Knowing two languages, no english, Pauleus arrived to the U.S. with a green card, his three daughters. He worked in hotels cleaning dishes, before being supervisor and meeting Kristy, his wife who taught him English. Today, they are raising four girls and two boys.
Pauleus began his journey in May 2003 when he joined the Connecticut Army National Guard’s 1048th Medium Truck Company in as a Motor Transport Operator. Two years later he became a citizen of the United States and later went back to school for his Associates degree. On November 17, 2017, he officially became Warrant Officer Pauleus, the property book officer for the 143rd Regional Support Group in Middletown, Connecticut. Today his children are attending college or working towards their careers, and one of his daughters is getting ready to become a unit specialist for the Army Reserves. This story of a dedicated, passionate father has inspired us to work even harder and we hope you enjoy it too! Read the full story here.