By Julie Wiessner
Gregg Bushman, a former Snowflake resident, took part in The History Channel’s Ultimate Soldier Challenge (USC), a new series that premiered on Tuesday. Bushman is part of a two-man team competing against two other teams.
Each USC episode features teams from around the world fighting against each other to see which has the best skills. Although two of the teams are considered elite forces from different nations, the third team is a squad of independent contractors, equally capable.
Bushman is featured in competition between the Army’s 82nd Airborne, the Israeli Defense Force and a third team of rogue fighters.
Competitions include machine gun and assault rifle shooting tests, hand-to-hand fighting with knives and a mission to recover vital equipment guarded by an enemy force.
The road Bushman traveled to get a spot on the series began with spending five years in the Army, where he was decorated with a Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal with Valor.
When his military contract ended he began his acting career. He became a client of a Los Angeles casting agency and was picked up fairly quickly for the History Channel segment.
Currently, he lives in Manhattan, N.Y., and attends the Borough of Manhattan Community College, where he is a Liberal Arts major. He has applied for admission to New York University (NYU) this fall and will change his major to acting. He is also, “Currently taking college acting classes and private professional acting classes in the city, as well as working with an agency in the city doing professional acting work,” relayed Bushman.
He is the fourth child of six, and son of Joe and Kathleen Bushman, who reside in Snowflake. Bushman lived there from birth until heading off to basic training; his dad was also raised in Snowflake.
Bushman graduated from Snowflake High School in 2007, playing football for most of those years.
When asked, if he knew he was going to become an actor when he began his military training, Bushman replied, “No, I did not. I decided to pursue acting at the end of my military contract; it just felt right.”
Reruns of Bushman’s segment are scheduled through Tuesday, Feb. 26. Check your TV schedule for the times.
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By Julie Wiessner