Edmond Santa Fe's Thomas Hoang – Oklahoma Army National Guard Spotlight
Thomas Hoang is a senior at Edmond Santa Fe High School where he is on course to graduate as valedictorian with honors this May. Hoang is involved in many activities including the Santa Fe band, Jazz band and National Honor Society. Hoang has also decided to join the Oklahoma National Guard and will be part of the Guards band here in Oklahoma.
“In the band, I am the captain of the Alto Saxophone section and I have been the principal saxophone player throughout my time in high school. I have also had the honor to have been selected for OKMEA All-State ensembles for the past three years. I believe my time in the Santa Fe band has helped me develop my character and work ethic, as well as a motivation for success, all of which I believe will assist me during my service in the National Guard,” said Hoang. “I will be a saxophone player (42R9L) in the 145th National Guard Army Band.”
His decision to join the National Guard was based on his desire to serve others.
“I wish to live a life in service and for the good of others. I saw, and still see, service in the National Guard as a wonderful way to give my talents and abilities to accomplish this goal. Even before joining the National Guard, I have desired to live a life of virtue and the seven core values of the Army and National Guard - Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage - align very closely to this intention,” said Hoang.
His plan is to use the benefits the National Guard will provide, which allows him to attend college and have his education paid for when he graduates with his degree.
“This was one of the factors that encouraged me to join the National Guard as well and I plan to apply for scholarships within the National Guard that will help cover additional expenses,” said Hoang. “I plan to begin my higher education at the University of Oklahoma after BCT/AIT. The intent is to double major in Music Performance and Chemical Engineering or Music Performance and Music Education with a potential minor in jazz performance.”
The military could become a career for Hoang as he plans to enroll into the ROTC program at the University of Oklahoma.
“I plan to enroll in ROTC at the University of Oklahoma in hopes to receive a commission and serve for several years as an officer. I would like to make the National Guard a career but maybe not for my entire lifetime,” said Hoang.
His family fully supports his decision to serve his state and his country.
“At first, they were hesitant with the idea. But once they realized I was serious about enlisting in the National Guard they supported me greatly. I remember my father expressing how proud he was of my decision on my enlistment day. It was a wonderful feeling that filled me with hope for my future in the Guard,” said Hoang.