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

Name: Sgt. Candice N. Mason

Unit: 506th Quartermaster Company,

30th CSSB

MOS: 92G – food service specialist

Time in service: 11 years

Age: 29

Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.

Family: mother, Maggie Mason; sister, Corey Mason

Recent accomplishments: “I bought a home last summer, and I was named installation cook of the year.”

How would you describe yourself: “I’m a very approachable person, a hard worker, I love the job and I like being in the Army.”

Worst fear: “Heights.”

One life-changing event: “Being promoted from E-4 to E-5. I hadn’t planned on staying in, and I got promoted. I was a hard-headed Soldier who didn’t have any discipline, but I had this noncommissioned officer, Sgt. 1st Class Meeks. He changed all that. He gave me a better outlook on things. He took care of me; he trained me hard and he showed me a better path. I’m in the Army today because of him.”

What celebrity or historical figure would you like to be: “Oprah Winfrey, not because of her money, but she does so much for people. She’s a giving person.”

Why I joined the Army: “To gain more responsibility. I didn’t go to college, and I didn’t want to work at McDonald’s all my life. The Army isn’t for everybody, but it’s been good for me.”

The person I admire the most: “My mother. My sister and I gave her such a hard time growing up. She did what she had to because of us.”

The one thing I would change about the Army: “Pay. There should be better pay for all Soldiers. I see a lot of Soldiers get out of the Army because the pay is better elsewhere. I would also change the uniforms back to BDUs. They looked more crisp and were more durable.”

If I wasn’t in the Army: “I’d probably be working with my mother at a daycare.”

What I would do for my fellow Soldiers: “I would send every Soldier and family member on a cruise.”

How you would lead Soldiers: “ By taking care of Soldiers; training, leading and knowing them on a personal and professional level and making sure they take care of themselves. There were people who took care of me so I want to share my knowledge.”

How Soldiers should best support the mission: “Support the chain of command and do what is asked of you to the best of your ability.”

Values: “Family, honesty, integrity and life.”

Motivations: “Loving what I do. It’s hard to do (a job) when you don’t love what you do. Also, it helps to realize that you are part of the big picture.”

Goals: “I’m working hard to get my E-6 and become a warrant officer. I want 2008 to be the year that I do more than in years past.”

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