A Look at America’s Newest Generation of Fighting Men and Women

Name: Spc. Jeffrey Braddy

Unit: 111th Quartermaster Company, 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (attached to the 506th QM Co.)

MOS: 92G – food service specialist

Time in Service: six years

Age: 27

Hometown: Winston-Salem, N.C.

Family: wife, Zaina; dogs, Kuzco, Melina and Pacha

Pastimes: “I mainly spend time with my wife watching movies at home or walking the dogs.”

How you would describe yourself: “I perceive myself to be an outstanding Soldier, and I do everything I can possibly do to support the mission.”

Biggest regret: “Not finishing college; not getting the degree that I wanted. That’s my biggest setback, my only setback, something I’m going to do something about very soon.”

The person you most admire: “My uncle, Jonathan Lester Braddy. Even though he did a lot of things wrong in his life, he still stuck by me; did a better job of raising me than my father.”

What was your childhood like growing up? “I’ve really moved all over the place. I’ve lived in Kernville (N.C.), I‘ve lived in Winston-Salem (N.C.), Richmond, Millersville, Ga., Macon, Ga., Augusta. My parents were in the nursing field.”

One life-changing event: “When I met my wife. We’ve been married six years. The day I saw her for the first time, I proposed to her. We’ve been married ever since.”

Why did you join the Army?: “I joined for the medical benefits and the experience.”

Would you consider yourself a careerist?: “Yes, I’m trying to stay 20 years.”

Describe a typical day as a food service specialist: “My job is repair and utilities. My typical day starts at about 5 a.m. I’m come in and get a vehicle, fix whatever piece of equipment that needs to be fixed in the dining facility and check on the status of work orders at DPW. I drive to the Self-Help Center to pick up items, I go to Food Installation to make sure they don’t have anything for us to pick up. Sometimes we drive to Fort Pickett to pick up excess food. That’s my typical day. I’ll finish about 3 p.m., if I don’t stay late.”

Have you been deployed: “Yes, twice with the 1st Cavalry Division to Iraq.”

What do you know now that you didn’t know before your deployment?: “That the Iraqi people are very nice. Now, you do have some who are shady individuals, but that’s in any culture you find. For the most part of what I saw of the Iraqi people, they are good-natured, good-hearted; they could have maybe one chunk of meat but they will ask you to sit down and break bread with them.”

The best thing about the Army: “The different diversities of the people that you meet. You meet all types of people, and I think it’s amazing to work with people of different cultures within one organization.

What does it really take to be successful as a Soldier?: “You’ve got to have the mind-set when you come in the Army that you will give it your all, that you’re going to do your best, that you’re not going to wimp out.”

What are your goals?: “Get promoted, go to college and retire.”

What does it mean to you to be a leader: “For Soldiers to look at me and say either ‘I want to be like him’ or ‘I want strive to be better than him.’ That would be my goal as a leader. I want Soldiers to exceed my standards and be better than I am.”

What is the most important Army Value?: “Integrity. We all need integrity. When you give someone your word, that’s integrity. If you break that word and tell someone that you’re going to do something and then don’t do it, that’s breaking your word and I won’t trust you.”

Final thoughts: “If you’re in the military, do what you have to do to further your career.”