A Look at the Newest Generation of Fighting Men and Women
Spc. Freddie Carter Jr. is America'sMiitary for March 8. photo by T. Anthony Bell

Name: Spc. Freddie Carter Jr.

Unit: 506th Quartermaster Company, 530th CSSB, 49th QM Group

Age: 35

MOS: 63B — Light-wheeled vehicle mechanic

Time in service: two years

Hometown: New Orleans, La.

Recent accomplishments: “Just completed NBC training.”

Family: wife, Tonya Carter; son Freddie III, 11; and daughter, Alicia Monique, 13

Pastime: “Studying, reading, writing, TV, sports.”

One life-changing event: “9/11. It made me want to go in the military. I always wanted to join, but that pushed me in.”

Worst fear: “Getting older and not being able to fulfill my dreams.”

Why I joined the Army: “I joined because the Army has been in my family since I can remember. I wanted to keep it going and better understand myself.”

If I wasn’t in the Army: “I’d probably be working with teenagers, helping them to develop as individuals.”

What I would change about the Army: “I think that the Army needs to get back to being harder on the way we train and the way we discipline our Soldiers, because once you get on that battlefield, either you’re going to handle your business or you’re not.”

The person I most admire: “My parents (Freddie Sr. and Alice Carter). Even at my age, they continue to advise me and help me stay focused. Also, when I need to vent, they’re there to listen.”

What makes a good leader: “Someone who can give and follow orders and see that those orders are carried out. Also, you have to be there for your Soldiers in every way.”

What makes a good Soldier: “Someone that loves what they do. I think you have to love it to be able to deal with everything that comes your way.”

Best thing about being a Soldier: “Being able to put this uniform on every day, wear it proudly and know that you’re part of the biggest organization in the world.”

Values: “My faith and being in the military.”

Motivations: “Having the opportunity to wear the uniform, learn exciting new things and to move up in rank so that I can share my knowledge.”

Goals: “To do 20 years, advance, be there for my family and definitely, definitely do God’s work.”