Monday, January 24, 2011
Face of Defense: Soldier Finds Peace Through Music
By Air Force Senior Airman Ashley Avecilla
Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team
For one soldier on the provincial reconstruction team, that’s the story of his life.
Army Spc. Diego Medina -- one of the 40 infantrymen who make up the Massachusetts Army National Guard’s 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment – has a lyrical talent that he uses to light his way.
As time passed,
said, he began to take music seriously. Medina
“I started to articulate poetic consciousness and take the art of lyricism more seriously, as a stronger means of communication,”
joined the Army National Guard. The continuous trials he faced not only inspired his musical talent, he said, but also influenced his decision to enter the military. Medina
“Somehow in war, I find peace of mind, because grunts are comfortable in conflict,” he explained. “I’ve always performed best when under pressure, and it doesn’t get harder than being out here while maintaining composure.”
His first show was in
’s Strand Theater and he has since performed at the Youth Peace Conference for Teen Empowerment of Boston, the Verve Lounge, Zumix, the Boston Festival and more. Boston