A Look at America’s Newest Generation of Fighting Men and Women
Pvt. Ricardo Bailey is America's Military For Aug. 16 (America's Miltary)

Name: Pvt. Ricardo Bailey

Unit: 267th Quartermaster Company, 240th QM Battalion, 49th QM Group

MOS: 92F – petroleum supply specialist

Time in service: 18 months

Age: 38

Hometown: Staten Island, N.Y.

Family: children, Imani, 6 years old; Sephan, 8; Deonte, 10. Mother, Shirley Nurse

Pastimes: “Jogging, roller skating and dancing.”

Recent accomplishment:

“Having a second chance to stay in the Army.”

How would you describe yourself:

“A very strong-minded, people person and who is very religious and who looks out for his peers and loves his family (I’d never thought I’d be separated from them.”)

Most embarrassing moment: “Standing before my battalion commander and command sergeant major, with my NCOs, admitting to a lie I tried to cover up.”

One life-changing event: “The day I went into a little store front church and received Jesus Christ as my lord and savior.”

The person I admire the most: “My mom. She never gave up on me. I’ve seen death about five times and she’s always encouraged me to never give up.”

What historical or celebrity figure would you want to be:

“Jesus. He healed people, cast out their demons and gave them back their lives.”

Why I joined the Army: “I was a witness to 9/11, I was separated from my wife, my life wasn’t really going anywhere and I needed a change.”

If I wasn’t in the Army: “I would be driving a bus or being a chauffeur.”

The one thing I would change about the Army:

“I think there should be more rules to drinking (alchohol).”

What I would do for my fellow Soldiers:

“I would create a fund for those with bad debt.”

What makes a good leader: “One who understands and communicates wisely.”

What makes a good Soldier: “One who is dedicated to every mission he’s given and is willing to push him or herself to the limit.”

Best thing about being a Soldier: “You’re doing something for the cause of freedom, not only for people here, but for people all over the world.”

Values: “Honesty, family, trust, love and obedience.”

Motivations: “My children.”

Goals: “To finish college and try to get my bachelor’s degree. I also want to become an officer and own a business.”

— Compiled by T. Anthony Bell

Editor’s note: America’s Military is a weekly column featuring military members who are committed to their profession and serve with pride. If you know a military member deserving of this recognition, call (804)734-7190 or e-mail terrance.bell@lee.army.mil.