Trio of Amherst grads make good in the military

By Brent Frankenhoff

Gavin, Ethan, and Carson Sneller, sons of Matt and Julie Sneller of Bancroft, have excelled in their military careers since graduating from Amherst High School, although their paths to success have gone in different directions.

The oldest of the young men, Gavin, graduated from Amherst in 2016 and went to UW-LaCrosse where he graduated in December 2020. He joined the Army this past January as a Combat Engineer. He’s now at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and in graduate school, studying to be an athletic trainer. During his first few months in the Army, he excelled at physical fitness, placing in the top five in his class.

Gavin’s twin brother, Ethan, enlisted in the Air Force after his 2016 high school graduation where he became a Mechanic working on cargo jets. He was deployed to the Middle East and was honorably discharged from the Air Force in July 2020. He joined the Army this past January and became a Cavalry Scout at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he was awarded a marksmanship award. He’s now at UW-LaCrosse studying political science.

The twins’ younger brother, Carson, graduated from Amherst in 2019 and enrolled at UW-LaCrosse, studying microbiology and pre-med. His mother said that he looked at the bills his older brother was facing from his schooling and realized that a military career could help him cover some of his own expenses, so he joined the Air Force to become a medic. Initially based at Fort Sam Houston near San Antonio, Texas, with the 320th Training Squadron, he transferred to Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas. He’s been noted for his leadership abilities and was the top graduate in his Air Force class in July 2021 as well as the top graduate in his EMT class. When he completes his studies, he will be based at Truax Field near Madison.

[Editor’s Note: The Jensen Community Spirit would like to spotlight more military personnel with connections to the Tomorrow River Community.

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A high-resolution picture of the service person would be appreciated as well.]

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