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

Name: Spc. Juan M. Hinojosa

Unit: 392nd U.S. Army Band

MOS: 42R – bandperson (saxophone player)

Time in service: 14 months

Age: 25

Hometown: Garland, Texas.

Family: wife, Sara; dog, Otis

Pastimes: “I like to spend time with my wife, listen to a lot of music and working on cars. I also like watching the Discovery Channel and National Geographic.”

How Would You Describe Yourself?: “If you can imagine a duck swimming in the water: he looks like he’s gliding – smooth, calm – but beneath the surface of the water, his feet are going as fast as possible. That’s me. A lot of times my silence is me thinking about things, but I can look very calm on the outside.”

What Historical Figure Would You Want to Be?: “I’m really impressed with (President Dwight D. Eisenhower). He carried his values as a Soldier to the presidency.”

Worst Fear: “Not making my wife happy. When mama’s not happy, no one is happy.”

Most Recent Accomplishment: “I’ve really done well in improving my guitar skills. I’ve been filling in since May because we don’t have a guitar player.”

One life-changing event: “When my grandfather passed away. It was an eye-opening experience because he passed away with cancer, and I really didn’t get to see him. For me, my grandfather was a link to the past. He knew so much about our family. Even though a life can be 80 years old, it’s still a short time in the grand theme of things. It made me become closer to my dad.”

Why I joined the Army: “I can remember as a young boy always wanting to be in the military. My family is a military family. My uncles, grandfather – I looked up to them because I wanted to be a part of that and wanted to be another representative in my family to serve the country.”

If I wasn’t in the Army: “I always wanted to do this. There was never another choice for me.”

The person I admire the most: “My parents. They went through a lot of stuff trying to raise two kids. We were the first two kids on the Hinojosa side to go to college. My parents are proud of that.”

What I would do for my fellow Soldiers: “I’d like to give them all a million dollars.”

One thing about the Army I would change: “One of the biggest things with me is giving Soldiers enough time to spend with their families.”

What makes a good leader: “Somebody who walks the walk. Don’t tell me you’re a good leader, show me.”

What makes a good Soldier: “Someone dedicated to the mission. You can have all the knowledge in the world, but if you’re not dedicated, you might be the weakest link in the unit.”

Best thing about the Army: “I really think the Army does a great job taking care of Soldiers. Bosses always say, ‘If you need something, let me know,’ but here (at the 392nd), they really mean it.”

Values: “My values are pretty much aligned with the Army values.”

Motivations: “The biggest thing is pride. I think about that two or three times a week. I really do have a lot of pride in what I do.”

Goals: “To be happy with life, happy with my job. My personal goal is to have kids and give them all the values my dad gave me.”