Scott Lyons was certain of his decision when he signed up to join the Navy in 2005.
His hard work and dedication has paid off as Lyons, 34, a Navy Corpsman, has been named the Navy Medicine Education and Training Command Sailor of the Year.
Lyons, a 1997 Wadsworth High School graduate, is a basic medical technician corpsman program instructor at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
He has served three combat deployments with the Marines as a Navy corpsman, including two tours in Iraq in 2007 and 2009 and one in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011.
After high school, Lyons went to Ohio State University for one year and then held a variety of jobs.
“I was at a standstill,” he said.
His father, Robert, served in the Navy, and his mother, Debbie, is a registered nurse, so Lyons opted to be a corpsman, a Navy medic who serves with Marines.
“It seemed right,” said Lyons. He and his wife, Melissa, have two young daughters.
Lyons said he loves serving with Marines.
And as a corpsman, he said, “you couldn’t tell me from the Marines. We wear their uniform, carry their bags and rifles.”
Lyons, a hospital corpsman first class, said he plans to stay in the Navy as a career.
Next up, Lyons said, is to compete for Navy Medicine Sailor of the Year.
His mother, Debbie Lyons, 52, who works at Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital, said her son “impresses and amazes me.”
Her son, she said, “has always been thoughtful and he has a good heart...When he talks about other sailors, he puts them before himself.”
He has been teaching since January 2012.
One of his students, Air Force Airman 1st Class Sarah Loudon, said Lyons is a role model.
“He brings an invaluable breadth of experience into the classroom,” she said in a Navy news release.
Even though he lives in Texas, Lyons still thinks of himself as a Buckeye.
“I am very appreciative of the support that I have been given from my home state,” Lyons said. “I love the state of Ohio and I think that the support from the people there has just been overwhelming.
“Truly a blessing and myself and my family appreciate it and are very grateful. And of course, Go Buckeyes.”
Jim Carney can be reached at 330-996-3576 or firstname.lastname@example.org.