A Look at the Next Generation of America’s Fighting Men and Women
Spc. Don Knight, 54th QM Company (Mortuary Affairs) is the America's Military feature for March 22.

Name: Spc. Don Knight

Unit: 54th Quartermaster Company (Mortuary Affairs), 240th QM Battalion, 49th QM Group

Hometown: Elko, Nev.

Job: driver

MOS: 92M — mortuary affairs specialist

Time in service: three years

Most recent accomplishment: “I’m the youngest and lowest-ranking combatives level 2 on Fort Lee.”

Editor’s note: Combatives is a hand-to-hand fighting system the Army uses to prepare Soldiers for situations they have encountered in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are four levels of expertise.

Family: Parents, Aaron and Kay Knight

Pastimes: “I’m an Eagle Scout, so I like to go hunting, fishing and camping. I also like working on my car.”

Most embarrassing moment: “I was driving the (Command) Sergeant Major of the Army around in the Pentagon area, and for a few moments, I got lost.”

One life-changing event: “When I joined the military. It opened my eyes to a whole lot of things I never experienced and would’ve never experienced if I hadn’t joined.”

Worst fear: “If I somehow let the Army down.”

Why I joined the Army: “I joined because I couldn’t afford college and wanted to see the world.”

If I wasn’t in the Army: “I’d be working at the same gold mine my father worked, risking my life for average pay.”

The person you most admire: “Command Sgt. Maj. (Anthony) T. Aubain. He’s experienced more in his military career than anyone I know.”

One thing I would change about the Army: “Our initial entry training should be more challenging, stern and serious. It should go back to the way it was before we had the ‘nicer’ Army.”

What I’d do for my fellow Soldiers: “I’d give them the opportunity to experience any kind of training — airborne, air assault, Special Forces, etc. — they wanted.”

What makes a good leader: “Someone who is not too shy to put their foot down and take charge.”

What makes a good Soldier: “You have to be alert and follow the instructions of your NCOs.”

Best thing about being a Soldier: “The opportunities to better yourself.”

Values: “You have to be true to your spouse, family, country and to yourself. Don’t sell yourself short.”

Motivations: “Honor, family, pride and one day, when I have kids, they can look at me as a role model.”

Goals: “I want to go to airborne and air assault school and one day be a Ranger. I want to be physically fit, own a car, house and a little bit of land.”

— 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 terrance.bell@lee.army.mil or (804)734-7190.

— Compiled by T. Anthony Bell