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

Name: Spc. Douglas Clegg

Unit: 111th Quartermaster Company, 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion

MOS: 92M – mortuary affairs specialist

Time in service: 25 months

Age: 27

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.

Family:

Wife, Cory Zhong; parents, Nield and Linda Montgomery

Recent accomplishments: “I just reenlisted for four years.”

How you would describe yourself: “Driven. I’m just a regular guy that wears a uniform every day and does his job.”

Worst fear:

“I’m not afraid of going to Iraq and getting hit. I’ve seen that. I’m more afraid of not living up to my full potential.”

One life-changing event:

“My deployment to Iraq in 2006. I processed remains. It was an eye-opening life experience. It showed you that it (getting killed) could happen to you or your best friend. It makes you take a step back and look at your own life; it’s coming face to face with the whole human mortality thing.”

The celebrity or historical figure I would like to be:

“I don’t have a clue.”

The person I admire the most:

“My stepdad (Army veteran Nield Montgomery). He raised me, and made me who I am. I have the utmost respect for him because he’s a great man on every level.”

Why I joined the Army:

“I just wanted to be a Soldier. I wanted to test myself and in some small, narcissistic way, I wanted to say that I helped with the war. I know a lot of people who’ve talked about the war but have never done anything about it. I didn’t want to be one of those guys.”

The one thing I would change about the Army:

“The Army should do more to screen the people they accept into the ranks.”

If I wasn’t in the Army: “I’d probably be at home cooking at a restaurant, working 40-50 hours a week and trying to afford community college.”

What I would do for my fellow Soldiers:

“I would ensure that each and every Soldier has the right training and right gear to go downrange (to war).”

How you would lead Soldiers:

“I would lead by example. If I’m going to call out someone for a uniform deficiency, I’m going to make sure I’m squared away first. I have the most respect for the NCOs who are there with me pulling weeds at the motor pool when it had to be done.”

What makes a good Soldier:

“Somebody who’s willing to give 100 percent, someone willing to be wrong; and someone who doesn’t have too much pride.”

Values:

“They’re similar to the Army Values. Other than that, my values are to do what you can to lead a good life and do it honestly.”

Best thing about being a Soldier:

“Being a Soldier. I just love being a Soldier. It has its ups and downs, but at the end of the day, I love what I do.”

Motivations:

“That there are other guys who put on the uniform just like me. As long as there is someone out there doing their best, I’m going to do my best.”

Goals:

“I’d like to stay in (the Army) until my body won’t let me. After that I’ll be content with shuffling papers in an office.”

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.