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

Name: Spc. Gary D. Hill

Unit: Medical Department Activity

MOS: 68K – medical laboratory technician

Time in service: three years

Age: 21

Hometown: Shreveport, La.

Family: wife, Felecia; son, Gary Jr., 14 months

Pastimes: “I like to play video games (specifically Madden 2008) and sports – football and basketball.”

Most recent accomplishments: “I won the (Kenner Army Health Clinic) Soldier of the Quarter.”

Background: Spc. Hill is a dedicated Soldier and considers having a happy marriage and Family life an accomplishment in and of itself. He values education and helping his fellow Soldiers. As a person, “I’m pretty laid back and a man of faith (in God). I think I’m funny and a hard worker. I’m also giving. Oftentimes, I’ve been chewed out by my wife because I’m too giving.”

Worst fear: “My worst fear is, believe it or not, drowning. I can swim, but if I was in a room and it filled up with water….”

Biggest regret: “I think about this all the time. My biggest regret was not living up to my full potential while I was in high school. I just didn’t do all that I could have done to get myself into college. If I had done that, I probably would not have been in the Army, but at the same time, I would not have met my wife, had a son and got all my priorities in line.”

One life-changing event: “When I decided to get married. Before marriage, I was an Army Reservist, and when I got married I decided to go Active Duty. I decided to pursue a career in the Army rather than staying a Reservist or going back to school.”

The celebrity or historical figure you would you like to be: “I really admire (the actor) Will Smith, because he’s a family man, has a rags-to-riches story and is a good actor. He’s one of those keystone celebrities I like to watch.”

The person I admire the most: “I’ve said this before, but the one person I admire the most is my recruiter (Sgt. 1st Class David Stanford). He’s like the person I want to be. He’s good with his Family, he’s successful, but he’s never worried about money, or what he’s going to do next. He’s a well-rounded person and a man of God.”

Why I joined the Army: “I joined the Army when my recruiter, David Stanford, asked me what was I going to do (after high school). I told him I was going to school and he said, ‘How are you’re going to pay for it?’ I said I have these loans and grants. He said, ‘You know you have to pay those back?’ I said, ‘I figure I’d work.’ He said, ‘You don’t want to do that.’ So he talked me into joining the Reserves. I had no intent of going into the Army before his suggestion.”

The one thing I would change about the Army: “The bureaucracy. It takes too much paperwork to get the simplest things done.”

If I wasn’t in the Army: “I’d probably be in school. I’d be struggling, but I would be in school somewhere.”

Best thing about the Army: “The opportunities. I have on-post housing, I get to travel, you have stabilization, never have to worry about a paycheck or what you’re going to do next or what you’re going to wear to work.”

What I would do for my fellow Soldiers: “I would help them with all the things I need – awards, schooling and promotion points.”

What makes a Soldier successful: “The things that we do as Soldiers. If you have a job, do it. If you have a mission, make sure you get it done. If you do those things, there can be no question as to whether you’re successful or not.”

Values: “Honesty and promptness.”

Motivations: “My Family.”

Goals: “My goal is to get promoted, I want to finish up my degree and next year, August, I hope to be enrolled at Virginia State (University) Green to Gold program, trying to become an officer.”