Name: Spc. Shena Kinsey

Unit: 506th Quartermaster Company, 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion

MOS:92F – petroleum supply specialist

Time in service: 22 months

Age: 22

Hometown: Miami

Family: daughter, Shenarria Johnson; father, Dr. Daniel Kinsey


“Watching Disney movies with my daughter and cooking.”

Recent accomplishments:

“I recently got promoted to E-4.”

How would you describe yourself:

“I can be brutally honest at times; I’m the person that people come to when they want to hear the truth. I’m also a leader; I never fit in with the crowd.”

Worst fear:

“Losing my father, who is terminally ill.”

Life-changing event:

“The birth of my daughter. I knew that when she was born, it would be all about her. Every decision that I would make would affect her life. I knew that I would have to be a role model, somebody who she could look up to and pattern her life after.”

What celebrity or historical figure would you like to be:

“Oprah Winfrey. Regardless of the trials and tribulations, she’s found her way through.”

The person I admire the most:

“My father. He’s my motivation, my pastor; he looks at every situation in a positive way, and he’s always been there for me.”

Why I joined the Army: “To take advantage of the education benefits. It was also the quickest way to independence, to get out from under my parents’ wings.”

The one thing I would change about the Army: “I would make the Army a more disciplined Army.”

If I wasn’t in the Army: “I would be going to school full-time, working full-time and being a single parent full-time.”

What I would do for my fellow Soldiers:

“I would give them a day off.”

What makes a good leader:

“Someone whose actions speaks for him or her; someone who can actually say, ‘Do as I do and not as I say;’ someone who is patient, understanding; someone who can enforce the standards; and someone who is not lazy.”

What makes a good Soldier:

“Someone who can follow orders and with a thick skin.”

Best thing about being a Soldier:

“The Army makes times for families.”

Values: “Leadership, respect and honesty.”

Motivations: “My daughter.”

Goals: “To one day graduate with a master’s degree in sociology, and if I decide to stay in the Army, I would like to become a warrant officer.”

Compiled by T. Anthony Bell

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