Name: Spc. Orlando Araiza

Unit: 506th Quartermaster Company, 5330th CSSB

MOS: 63B – all-wheel vehicle mechanic

Time in service: six years

Age: 26

Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.

Family: wife, Meghan; sons, Quest, 5; and Ayden, 2

Pastimes: “Spending time with family and working with cars.”

Recent accomplishments: “Helping to build 2nd Platoon (of the 506th) as a team because we had some problems and overcame them. Now we’re working together as one.”

How would you describe yourself: “I am loyal, and I keep my word. That’s all a man has. I can be helpful, but I can also show tough-love. And any task they give me, I bust my butt.”

Worst fear: “I don’t think of fear.”

One life-changing event: “(Joining) the Marine Corps (in 2000). It made me grow up. It was an eye-opener to the real world compared to my childhood fantasy world.”

The celebrity or historical figure would you like to be: “My father. Whether he had crummy jobs (he was once a plumber) or not, he always bust his butt. He proved to us that if you never quit, things will work out.”

The person I admire the most: “My father. He’s the one that taught me everything. He’s still there for advice whenever I need it.”

Why I joined the Army: “The Marine Corps didn’t want to take me back due to downsizing. I went into the (Army) Reserve as a military policeman and then joined the Active Army as a 63B.”

The one thing I would change about the Army: “I would create a better healthcare system.”

If I wasn’t in the Army: “I’d be working at some slum job that doesn’t mean anything to me but doing it just to support the family.”

What I would do for my fellow Soldiers: “I’d take them out for a day and visit something they’ve never seen before to take the stress off and to build camaraderie.”

How you would lead Soldiers: “I would develop, mentor and train my Soldiers to exceed the standard.”

The best way for Soldiers to support the mission: “Do what you are asked to do. If everyone does their part, everything else falls into place.”

Values: “Family and all of the Army values.”

Motivations: “Freedom. That’s something you can’t buy and sacrificing for it is such a small price.”

Goals: “To finish school, retire and then open up my own custom auto shop.”