Know your Guard

Sgt. Shauna Rohbock

State:
Utah
Rank:
Sergeant
Specialty:
19 A, Armor Officer
Years in Guard:
12
College:
Brigham Young University (Cougars)

Sgt. Shauna Rohbock grew up in Utah and attended Brigham Young University, where she received honors as an All-American Athlete in soccer, and track and field. She played professional soccer after college for the San Diego Spirit in the women’s professional soccer league, until the league folded.

Rohbock participated in the 1999 U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation open tryout and fell in love with the sport, competing even during her professional soccer career.

She joined the Utah Army National Guard in 2000 and competed for a push athlete slot on the 2002 Olympic Team. She then began training as a sled driver to improve her chances of participating in the 2006 Olympics. She started driving during the 2003 season.

Rohbock has set records in nearly every one of her competitive races. Together with Valerie Fleming, Rohbock set four start records in the 2004-2005 season. Then in 2006, she achieved her dream of winning the Silver medal in women’s bobsled at the 2006 Olympic Games.

Athletic achievements include:

2006 Olympic Silver medalist, Torino, Italy Bronze medal winner at 2007 World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland Finished 2006-2007 World Cup Season with two Gold medals, four Silvers, one Bronze, and one fourth-place finish Finished 2006-2007 season as second-ranked driver in the world Won three Bronze medals and a Silver during the 2005-2006 World Cup season 2004-2005 World Championship Bronze medalist, breaking the start and track records in Calgary Finished fifth overall in the 2004-2005 World Cup season, winning a Silver and two Bronze medals Set start records at every track (including Torino, Italy) during the 2004-2005 World Cup season—except Lake Placid, N.Y., where she had already claimed the record Won Silver medals at the 2003, 2004 and 2005 U.S. Nationals Played professional soccer for San Diego Spirit Named All-American in soccer and track & field twice at Brigham Young University Has six siblings, five sisters and a brother, and is in the middle of the group.

Member of the Utah Army National Guard Rohbock says her biggest role model is two-time Olympic Gold and one-time Olympic Silver medalist Julie Foudy. “Julie has done so much for sports and women. She is an amazing athlete and person.”


CPT Brandon Godsey

State:
Ohio
Rank:
Captain
Specialty:
19 A, Armor Officer
Years in Guard:
7
College:
Miami, OH (Redhawks)
NFL Exp:
Undrafted to 49ers 2003 NFL Europe
Position:
Cornerback/ Safety
Q What lessons in high school and on the playing field:

You don’t get anything without hard work. I never learned how to work hard going into my SR. year. If I were to do anything differently it would have been to work harder earlier. Be versatile. I was willing to play everything from corner and safety to kick returner, safety, running back, wide receiver and even quarterback sometimes.

Q Biggest obstacle you had to overcome?

Learning that life isn’t always fair and it’s not always merit-based. Even if you think you put in the work to deserve something, sometimes that’s not the way it always works out.

Q When I first went to Miami (OH) I was a walk-on. I wasn’t a big guy, about 5’9, 165lbs. So I out-worked everyone to get playing time and show that I could help the team.

After college I was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free-agent. I played lights-out football, but when it came time for cuts I was one of the guys that got cut, even though they said I played great and I did everything that was asked of me.

Q Advice to young athletes:
  • 1: Find a mentor who can teach you and help you reach your goals.
  • 2: Whatever you want to achieve, make sure you’re passionate about it and make it your burning desire in life.
  • 3: Always be prepared with a Plan B.
Q What set you apart from the competition in football?

Work ethic and discipline I learned from my coaches and in the weight room. I was the first guy in the weight room and the last one out.

Q Why did you decide to join the National Guard?

Family more than anything was the biggest reason. I wanted to serve my country and in the National Guard it’s unique because you’re in the local community and at home so you get that time with your family which is really important to me.

My head coach at Miami also had an impact in a way. The late Terry Hoeppnner was always giving us pre-game speeches about his time in the military and in Vietnam so I started thinking about the military when I was in college.

Q What are you doing today in the National Guard?

Full-time working on a homeland security deployment

Q How did you transition from the NFL to the National Guard

The biggest challenge for me was realizing that my football career was over. But aside from that, there’s a lot of similarities between football and the National Guard.

Cameraderie, hard work and discipline are all important in both athletics and the National Guard.

Q What can high schoolers learn from the National Guard?

A lot of kids today have a short term mentality. The Guard will teach you how to be patient and how to achieve your goals strategically.

Mental toughness and character development is also another benefit of what the National Guard does in shaping young men and women.

Q Why should high school players look into the National Guard?

There’s so many benefits that the National Guard offers. Where else can you get 100% percent of your college education paid for, stay close to home, and learn job and career skills?

Q Where did you learn how to become a leader?

We’re looking for “Scholar-Leaders.” You have to be smart. It’s harder to enter the military these days than it is to get into college. You also have to be in decent to very good physical shape.

Q What kind of person is the National Guard looking for?

I first learned about leadership in football. Leaders step up and make plays, they carry themselves with dignity and set good examples. You have to do that in the National Guard too.

Leadership is also another major quality the Guard looks for. We have a saying in the Guard now: “Everyone is a leader.” You have to bring something to the table.

Q Talk about your experience in Iraq:

I was in Iraq from April 2008 to April 2009. It was a great experience. I was a platoon leader in charge of 26 guys.

When you’re out there in the middle of the desert and something goes wrong and everyone is looking at you, that’s when all that mental toughness and decision making skills and mental toughness I learned in football and in the Guard come in to play.

Q How is reacting to a military situation like reacting in football?

In football, especially as a defensive back, you have to anticipate things. It’s very similar in the military. You survey a situation, see it coming up and start your game plan. At that point things kind of come second nature because you’ve prepared for it over and over for moments like that.

Q How do you feel about earing the Bronze Star Award in Iraq?

Mine was earned for leadership and responsibility. It means a lot to me now that I look back on it all. At first I just thought I was doing my job, but I was very proud to do what I did and help my country.

Q Best advice someone has ever given you?

Coach Hoepnner used to read this poem called “Don’t Quit” to us.

“When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.”

(1st Verse)

It’s a simple idea, but it just reminds you to never quit. I text a lot of my friends from football and we’ll start one line and another person will finish the next so it’s pretty cool.

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