About Clint Lorance
Clint Allen Lorance was born on December 13, 1984 to welder Tracy Allen Lorance and homemaker Anna Monroe Lorance in Hobart, Oklahoma. The family has since moved to Celeste , Texas. Clint has 2 older sisters, Deanna Lorance Malone and Jeni Lorance Neeley both have three children . Clint's younger brother, Cody , followed in his father's footsteps and is a welder/machine operator. Cody has two daughters.
Clint has always been considered a 'twin" because of his cousin Jamie, who he has always been very close with growing up and are the same age. When Clint went off to the Army, Jamie began to work at the local Sheriff's department as a Corrections Officer where she met her now husband Greg, a Deputy Sheriff.
During high school, Clint worked 3 jobs simultaneously to try and help cover household expenses as well as prepare for moving out on his own when he was 18. Clint stayed active in the local Future Farmers of America chapter and was fortunate enough to have some steadfast and headstrong mentors; the local VP of the bank, the Ag Ed teacher, and a Police Officer. Clint was a Police Explorer throughout High School as well. He began to make the relationships that would shape the onset of his adulthood.
Overwhelmed by the workload, Clint dropped out of high school in February of 2002 to concentrate on preparing for his independence.
6 months later, Clint and Jamie, side by side, started classes at the local community college. After one semester, as the country prepared for an impending invasion into Iraq, Clint decided it was time to pitch in and do what he could to help a country preparing to shoulder two wars simultaneously.
On December 13, 2002, Clint's 18th birthday, he walked into the Army recruiting station in Greenville, Texas and joined the Army as a Military Policeman. On April 15, 2003, Clint shipped off to Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO where he spent 17 weeks learning how to be an Army MP.
Upon graduating from Basic Training and AIT, Clint spent a few weeks at home with his family and then shipped off to his first duty assignment in Pusan, South Korea.
During his assignment in Korea, Clint was very active, earning several accolades from Soldier of the Month to NCO of the Quarter for the 8th MP Brigade. Clint participated in numerous athletic events to include half marathons, Iron Soldier competitions, the 8th Army 10 Miler an the Bataan Memorial Death March in White Sands, NM. Clint was quickly promoted above his peers to Sergeant in just two years of service. He served the community as a Gunner, Driver, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Traffic Accident Investigator and D.A.R.E. School Resource Officer.
On September 10, 2005, Clint left Korea bound for his next duty station in Fort Richardson, AK, stopping briefly at Fort Benning, GA to earn his Airborne Wings.
As part of the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team In Alaska, Clint deployed for his first deployment to Iraq from September 2006 to November 2007 , initially a 12 month deployment which turned into a 15 month deployment.
Prior to this deployment, Clint earned his Thai Jump Wings by participating in Operation Cobra Gold. The then - 21 year old Sergeant took a squad of 11 MPs to Thailand in Support of the Brigade's mission there.
Upon returning from Iraq, Clint served as the Brigade Provost Sergeant until he was accepted into the Army ROTC program at the University of North Texas.
In July 2008, Clint left Alaska bound for Texas to train to become a Commissioned Officer. Clint was active in the American Red Cross Denton Chapter and the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity while studying and participating in Army ROTC.
On May 15, 2010, Clint became the first person in his family to graduate with a college degree, and subsequently commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Infantry of the Army, and proceeded to Fort Benning, GA to attend Infantry Basic Officer Leader's Course, and Air Assault School.
Clint was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's 4th BCT and deployed to Afghanistan in March 2012 to Southern Afghanistan. During his deployment, Clint was the squadron's liason officer to the commander until selected to become a platoon leader.