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

Name: Spc. Brandi Ibarra

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

MOS: 92F – petroleum supply specialist

Age: 21

Time in service: three years

Most recent accomplishments: “(For the Army Physical Fitness Test), I ended up maxing my push-ups, knocked two minutes off my run, and improved my sit-ups.”

Hometown: Arcanum, Ohio

Family: parents, David and Holly Ibarra; brother, Kyle, 24; sisters, LaOnna, 26, and Melissa, 23.

Pastimes: “Going to the movies, shopping and taking college courses.”

Army travels: Czech Republic, France, Italy, Austria and Germany

Who are you?: “A hard-working, dedicated Soldier who is willing to a make a career of the Army.”

One life changing event: “In the 10th grade, my house burned down. That gave me an appreciation of what you have and the struggle people go through trying to rebuild their lives.”

Worst fear: “Losing my mom because I’m a momma’s girl, and I rely on her to help me through anything. She’s my best friend.”

Why I joined the Army: “I came from a military family and believe in serving my country.”

If I wasn’t in the Army: “I’d being going to college working toward a degree in forensics or law.”

What would you change about the Army: “The promotion standards. Some people get promoted too easily.”

Who do you most admire?: “My mother. Growing up, she was working two jobs, going to college to become an RN, and with my dad being a truck driver, she took the burden of keeping the house together.”

What historical figure would you like to be?: “Rosa Parks. She stood up and made a stand for what she believed in.”

What I would do for my fellow Soldiers: “Those coming from Iraq, I would give them more down time to spend with their families.”

What makes a good leader?: “Someone who is willing not only to instruct but willing to work right alongside the Soldier.”

The best thing about being a Soldier: “The opportunities I get: education, medical and getting to experience different cultures.”

Values: “I was brought up to respect everybody, help others in need and be loyal to the friends that you have. In the Army, your friends become your family.”

Motivations: “Staff Sgt. Veronica Joseph. She keeps me motivated to never say, ‘Can’t’ and my first sergeant and commander. This is the first unit where I wasn’t afraid to voice my opinion.”

Goals: “I want to go through the Green To Gold (program) and become an officer and go into law or forensics. And if my health holds up, make the Army a career. Also, one day I want to have a family of my own.”

— 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.