A look at America’s newest generation of fighting men and women
Pfc. Ana Vazquez is America's Military for May 3.

Name: Pfc. Ana Vazquez

Unit: HHC, 49th Quartermaster Group

MOS: 42A – human resources specialist

Time in Service: 10 months

Age: 19

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Family: husband, Caleb Powell; father, Gerardo Vazquez; mother, Rosa-Maria Vazquez

Pastime: “Watching movies and playing soccer.”

Most embarrassing moment: “During a road march in AIT, I tripped over a rock and fell in the middle of an intersection where all the traffic was stopped. All my friends laughed.”

One life-changing event: “Joining the Army. It was one of the first decisions I got to make on my own. It was something I wanted do.”

Recent accomplishment:

“I just recently got married.”

Worst fear: “Heights.”

Why I joined the Army: “To become a better person, and to get my career started.”

If I wasn’t in the Army: “I’d be working, saving money to go to college.”

If I could change one thing about the Army: “The Army needs to be more organized in some areas.”

The person I most admire: “My father. He raised my sister and I since we were 3 and 4. He works 24/7 to make sure we’re OK.”

What I would do for my fellow Soldiers: “Help them with any problem they have, whether it is career-wise or family-wise.”

What makes a good leader: “A person who is confident, who’s had some job education and meaningful life experiences.”

What makes a good Soldier: “A person who wakes up in the morning and doesn’t regret being a Soldier, and a person who understands they may have to go to war and not be resentful about it.”

Best thing about being in the Army:

“Having a lot of opportunities in education, recreation and social activities.”

Values: “Respect. Respect me and I’ll respect you.”

Motivation: “Waking up in the morning knowing I’ll learn something new and becoming a better person and Soldier.”

Goals: “To be promoted to E-5 or E-6 in the next four years, go to college and get a master’s in business management and study photography.”

— Compiled by T. Anthony Bell

America’s Military is a weekly column featuring the fighting men and women who are committed to their profession and serve with pride. If you know one of these military members who are deserving of this recognition, call (804) 734-7190 or e-mail editor@lee.army.mil.