A Look at America’s Newest Generation of Fighting Men and Women
Pvt. Tamara Slusaranski is America's Military for July 5.

Name: Pvt. Tamara Slusaranski

Unit: 506th Quartermaster Company, 530th QM Battalion, 49th QM Group

MOS: 92S – shower/laundry and clothing repair specialist

Time in service: eight months

Age: 24

Hometown: Rostov-On-Don, Russia; she is now a resident of New York City

Family: husband, Michael Slusaranski

Pastimes: “I play tennis and guitar, and I have a fish aquarium. I also go to the gym and spend a lot of time on the computer.”

Who are you?: “I’m a responsible person. If I have something to do, I’ll do it. I’m very helpful and I will never leave someone who needs my help. I’m also very friendly and open-minded.”

One life-changing event: “When I moved to the states. My father was in the (Russian) military and we lived in Greece, Vietnam and the Czech Republic. I moved to states when I was in a student-exchange program and fell in love with it. I want to do something for this country because it’s given me opportunity. The best way to show I care for this country is to join the military.”

Recent accomplishment: “I became a citizen three weeks ago.”

Worst fear: “To go back to Russia and see what it is like.”

Why I joined the Army: “To do something for this country, express my emotions and become a citizen. I really like military life. The Army allows you to see what you can do and how you can become better. I’m really proud to wear the uniform.”

If I wasn’t in the Army: “I’d probably be working in a bank where I worked before I joined the military and going to college. It would probably be difficult for me to work and study.”

What I would change about the Army: “Make more leisure activities available for single Soldiers who live in the barracks.”

Person I most admire: “My mother. She was a teacher and she gave me everything she knew. I was an only child and she spent a lot of time with me instead of taking care of herself.”

What historical figure would you like to be: “Angelina Jolie. I admire her not because she’s an entertainer but because she cares about people. That’s good.”

What I would do for my fellow Soldiers: “I would interview each Soldier one-on-one and ask them what they need. That’s the only way to know the truth.”

What makes a good leader: “A good leader has to know and understand his people, know how to talk to and motivate them. Good leaders must like what they’re doing and be fair and honest.”

What makes a good Soldier: “Good Soldiers are proud to be in the military, will never leave the mission and always help other Soldiers. A good Soldier is someone you can trust and feel safe in war.”

Best thing about the Army: “The Army makes you more mature, makes you understand life and helps you to know what is right and wrong.”

Motivation: “Just putting on the uniform.”

Values: “Family, people with whom I work, responsibility, kindness and my future.”

Goals: “I would like to bring my mom to this country and would like to get a degree at Troy University in international politics and economics

 — 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.