Spc. Amy Maulo and her dog, Batman. Maulo is assigned to the 544th Military Police Detachment.

Unit: 544th Military Police Detachment

Hometown: Vacaville, Calif.

Age: 26

Time in service: 30 months

Military occupational specialty: 31K - dog handler. According to, these Soldiers are responsible for the care and training of a service dog, both home and abroad, in order to support military missions and daily law enforcement. Military working dogs search for narcotics or explosives and act as a non-lethal option for neutralizing threats. They also serve as a psychological deterrent during law enforcement operations.

Describe your personality: “I’m friendly, open-minded and like to have fun. Also, I’m not serious but kind of weird. I like being eccentric and not being apologetic about it. I also can be irritable about certain things. For example, if I come to work and see people not pulling their weight, I can get pretty mad and will show it.”

Pastimes: “I like to sew and play video games.”

Explain sewing: “When I was eight, my mom enrolled me in classes. My dad had done it, and I was like, ‘Oh, I want to be like my dad.’ He was good at a lot of things.”

Worst fear: “Being tortured alive.”

Music on your playlist: “I like metal and country.”

If you won the lottery … “I’d quit the Army (I heard if you make enough money, they have to let you go); then I would buy my dream house and a bunch of animals.”

Talk about your love for animals: “I’ve always liked animals more than people. I knew when I became older I wanted to be surrounded by them. It’s the reason I chose this MOS. I just like taking care of them and keeping them around me.”

Something surprising about you: “When I’m home, I’m pretty disheveled. I don’t put any effort into my appearance.”

If you could do anything at this moment, what and where would that be? “I’d be on the beach in Lake Tahoe (Calif.), chillin’ and feeding geese.”

One person you admire: “My great-grandmother. She was just a great person. She grew up in The Depression and went through World War II. She was born at the tail end of World War I. She went through a lot but was still charitable and would take in anybody. She was just the greatest grandma.”

The historical figure or celebrity you’d like to meet: “Probably Marie Antoinette. I’d like to know if what they say about her personality is true. People said she was this terrible person (purportedly vain and pompous). I don’t think so, and I just kind of want to see that for myself.”

Talk about your childhood: “I’d play outside until the streetlights came on … and then we’d always ask for five more minutes. If I wanted to hang out with a friend, I’d run to their house and knock on their door to see if they were there. I played a lot of Gameboy when I was a kid and really looked up to my big brother. … It was a plain, suburban childhood.”

One life-changing event: “One of my friends in elementary school, her mom killed her. I think I was nine or something like that. It was my first look into, like, human nature. They told us lies at first, like, ‘Oh, she’s sick.’ Her mom gave her pills and killed her. It was like, whoa, ‘Parents aren’t perfect.’ To this day, I’ve never really processed it. One of the reasons is that her mom got away with it. She had really good lawyers and her husband knew people. … She got away with it, and I guess I never got closure. I am not super-trusting at all, especially when it comes to authority figures.”

Why you joined the Army: “It was the only service allowing you to come from being a civilian (directly) into this MOS. ... I didn’t know I was going to be law enforcement, honestly. That was a surprise. I don’t like (some parts of it). ... I don’t get a lot of fulfillment from people getting tickets. I like the calls when somebody’s car breaks down. That makes me feel good because I’m helping somebody.”

What you would change if you were the Army Chief of Staff: “I would change the hands-in-the-pocket rule (laugh). My hands get cold, and if I’m wearing gloves, I can’t text. I think where the Army is now is good, so I don’t have serious changes.”

As an NCO, you would … “Try to be as fair as possible. I would ask Soldiers why they did something before flying off the handle. Obviously, if they did something wrong, I would discipline them, but it would be fair and tailored to each individual Soldier.”

What you would tell future kids about the Army: “I’d probably tell them to go officer, if anything. It seems to be a way better route – you make more money.”

Best thing about the Army: “The camaraderie with other Soldiers. I’ve met best friends here, and even though some others don’t want to be my friend necessarily, we still get along and work as a team. I love that.’’

Where you see yourself in five years: “Not in the Army and having a degree in environmental science; hoping (to be) like a scientist, testing water samples, etc.”