Name: Spc. Jonathan Collier
Quartermaster Company, 240th QM Bn.
Time in service: four years
MOS: 92F – petroleum supply specialist
Most recent accomplishment: earned the Warrior Leadership Award for class 08-07 of the Warrior Leadership Course at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Editor’s note: The WLC is a newer version of the old primary leadership development course.)
Hometown: Brandon, Miss.
Parents: Clarence Jones Jr. and Mari Jones
Most embarrassing moment: “I was a pole vaulter in high school. During a meet, I ran and missed the plant box. The pole slid beneath the mat, and it threw me into a back flip. It was the scariest moment, too.”
One life-changing event: “Joining the Army. Once you join the Army, the respect that people have for you goes up, I’m always trying to live up to those expectations. It’s been a way of making a difference in the world.”
Your worst fear: “Snakes. They have a total advantage over humans. I’ll do almost anything except bother a snake.”
The person I most admire: “My mother. She’s one of the strongest people I know. She’s overcome a lot.”
Why I joined the Army: “I joined first for a different experience. It’s more different than anything I’ve ever seen or done. In my first year, I hit (visited) about seven different countries, and I never thought that I would leave the United States.”
If I wasn’t in the Army: “I would be in my third year of college (Collier received a track and field scholarship after he joined).”
What I would do for my fellow Soldiers: “Give everybody free leave up to 20 days.”
What I would change about the Army: “I would change our barracks living quarters.”
Best thing about being in the Army: “You get to travel for free.”
What makes a good leader: “Initiative and a sense of responsibility.”
What makes a good Soldier: “Someone who is always willing to learn and accept challenges.”
Values: “Perseverance and the Army values.”
Goals: “Completing my degree in computer security and one day raising a family.”
— 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 T. Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804)734-7190.
— Compiled by T. Anthony Bell