Story by 1st Lt. Tyler Mitchell.

38th

Insignia of the 38th Infantry Division, based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The brigade senior supply noncommissioned officer for the 38th Combat Aviation Brigade, Master Sgt. Donald Hinton of Indianapolis, graduated with honors from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind., with a bachelor’s in Business Management on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.

Hinton has served for 23 years in the National Guard.

He began college when he enlisted in the active duty Army more than 25 years ago. “I wanted to finish something that I started, something to fall back on after the National Guard, and set the example for my daughter,” said Hinton.

By rearranging his schedule, sacrificing family time and going to night school, Hinton was able to complete his degree.

“I am very proud of my dad. He has worked very hard for his degree,” said Hinton’s daughter Ryan, who attends high school at Franklin Central in Indianapolis. “He has influenced me greatly to never give up.”

Hinton had advice for young soldiers just joining the National Guard, “Take advantage of the opportunity. Not everyone has the opportunity with tuition assistance and G.I. Bill, take advantage while you are young, before you start a family and begin working full time, it’s easier to do and have more time to dedicate to it.”

Many soldiers in the National Guard can qualify for various types of benefits to fund their education such as grants, tuition assistance, the Montgomery G.I. Bill and student loans.