A Look at the America’s Newest Generation of Fighting Men and Women
Spc. Alexander Potgeter is America's Mililtary for April 12.

Name: Spc. Alexander J. Potgeter

Age: 21

Unit: HHC, 49th Quartermaster Group

MOS: 25C – Radio Operator/Maintainer

Time in service: 34 months

Most recent accomplishments: “I was the Soldier of the Quarter for the 49th QM Group.”

Hometown: Holland, Mich.

Family: wife, Tryphena Potgeter; parents, Stan and Kathy Potgeter

One life changing event: “The day my brother got hit by a car. Life is fragile. It can come and go.”

Worst fear: “Dying without accomplishing my goals in life.”

Why I joined the Army: “To better myself and to settle myself down.”

If I wasn’t in the Army: “I’d be a plumbing apprentice.”

What I’d do for my fellow Soldiers: “I’d bring the troops home.”

One thing I would change about the Army: “I’d provide better healthcare and a better promotion system, a test in your (job) will prove that you deserve your rank.”

The person I admire the most: “My mom for keeping the family together.”

What makes a good leader: “Someone who knows how to take care of Soldiers but also someone who knows their job.”

What makes a good Soldier: “Someone who has military bearing 24/7.”

Best thing about being a Soldier: “When civilians say thank you for your service. It’s such an awkward moment, but it makes you feel so good.”

Values: “Loyalty, selfless service, family honor.”

Motivations: “To make today better than yesterday.”

Goals: “Graduate from college, stay in the military as long as I can, build my own house and have about seven kids.”

— Editor’s note: America’s Military is a weekly feature that seeks to highlight military members who serve with pride, honor and ambition. Submissions for this column may be made to writer T. Bell at terrance.bell@lee.army.mil or (804)734-7190.

— Compiled by T. Anthony Bell