DVIDS – News – Massachusetts National Guard highlights Sgt. Luis Miguel Leon-Sobenis during Hispanic Heritage Month


Story by Staff Sgt. 1st Class Laura Berry, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs
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Staff Sgt. Luis Miguel Leon-Sobenis was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, a large city on the coast. His family is also from the coastal region of Ecuador. Her mother is a retired teacher and her father is a retired human resources professional. Since his retirement, his father has grown rice and soybeans.
In 2008, L̩on-Sobenis met his wife while they were both working in the small town of Puyo, Ecuador Рwhich is in the Amazon basin. He worked as a dentist and his future wife was a Peace Corps volunteer. In 2010 he moved to the United States and they were married in 2011 in Seattle, Wash.
“As soon as I moved to Massachusetts in June 2012, I contacted Sgt. 1st Class David Petrie (now a Master Sgt) who was the recruiter for the Quincy Armory, ”he said.
Leon-Sobenis said that Petrie had helped him in this new stage of his life and that he chose the combat medic as his military professional specialty.
“I went to military high school as a kid and loved the discipline and the lifestyle. Joining the US military has been an honor and a privilege for me, ”said Leon-Sobenis.
In 2015, while with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st, 101st Field Artillery, he was activated to assist the Commonwealth of Massachusetts during winter storm Marcus-Neptune. A few months ago he started full time work with the Massachusetts National Guard as a training non-commissioned officer for D Co., 223 Military Intelligence Battalion (Linguistics), where he will become a human intelligence collector. .
Leon-Sobenis enjoys a challenge in physical fitness and has completed numerous races including the Army Ten-Miler, Boston Marathon, Tough Ruck March, Warrior Dash and several shorter races.
“I also love building Lego sets with my two daughters who are Lego fanatics,” he said.
Leon-Sobenis said his wife and their two amazing daughters are the reason he does his job every day.
On New Year’s Eve, her family builds a cardboard figurine to represent the previous year. At midnight, they light it up to celebrate the end of the year and the arrival of the new year.
Leon-Sobenis said his wife was a constant source of support, strength and inspiration to him, and he encouraged others to seek help or support if they needed it.
“Ask for help,” he said. “There are a lot of resources available for our military there. Trust the training and believe in yourself.

Date taken: 29.09.2020
Date posted: 29.09.2020 12:11
Story ID: 379659
Location: HANSCOM AIR BASE, MA, United States

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