(WFXG) - PFC Ashton Ring aspired to be an actor, taking drama in high school and taking parts in school plays. Ring is from a small town in Tennessee. This past December there was drama at home,  but it wasn’t an act, it was devastation. 

“I got a phone call at about 2 in the morning,” Ring said. “That night I think 11 tornadoes struck around the areas of Samburg and Mayfield Kentucky.”

Ring thought of the family and friends left behind. “I lost stuff, my friends lost stuff, a lot of my family lost stuff, so I wanted to help them out.”

So Ring stepped into the role of soldier, and put things in motion to help those affected. After collecting supplies and donations at Fort Gordon, Ring loaded up his truck and headed home.

Ring said, being in the military doesn’t take away the human aspect of caring he learned growing up in small town USA. 

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