A Look at America’s Next Generation of Fighting Men and Women
Sgt. Karlon Caldwell is America's Military for April 19, 2007 T. Anthony Bell

Name: Sgt. Karlon G. Caldwell

Unit: HHC, 49th QM Group

Age: 31

MOS: 42A — human resources specialist

Time in service: 10 years

Hometown: Tallahassee, Fla.

Recent accomplishments: “Returning safely from Iraq in November (2006).”

Family: wife and one daughter

Pastime: “Spending time with the family, participating in sports; love going to school using the Army’s online degree program.”

One life-changing event: “The birth of my daughter. I realized that I was living for more than one person.”

Most embarrassing moment: “At my sister’s wedding, I stepped on her train and ripped her wedding gown.”

Worst fear: “Drowning. I almost drowned when I was younger. I think that it’s just a horrible way to die.”

Why I joined the Army: “I really wanted to go to school. My cousin was also joining, and the recruiter said he could get us good jobs and he did.”

If I wasn’t in the Army: “I’d be somewhere teaching or counseling.”

What I would change about the Army: “The difference between pay of officers and enlisted. Without us, the whole thing comes to a halt.”

The person you most admire: “My mother (Kathleen). She was a single parent and raised my sister and I. We both joined the military and never wanted for anything.”

What makes a good leader: “No matter what goes on, a good leader has a level head, knows what’s going on, knows how to use his subordinates and does whatever it takes to accomplish the mission.”

What makes a good Soldier: “Someone who knows how to follow orders, respects his leaders and doesn’t complain too much.”

Best thing about being a Soldier: “The money, travel, meeting new people and being able to say that you’re part of the best organization in the world.”

Values: “Commitment to family, integrity, courage, honor, respect.”

Motivations: “Discipline and repetition.”

Goals: “To make staff sergeant, get my degree in criminal justice and retire