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FORT LEE, Va. -- Name: Spc. Eldemetria Hunter

Unit: Army Logistics University

MOS: 42A – human resource specialist

Age: 21

Time in service: four years

Marital status: single

Hometown: Quitman, Ga.

Location of last military assignment: Vicenza, Italy

Describe yourself: “I’m outgoing, strategic and I love to laugh. I’m also hardheaded – I like to do things on my own and make my own mistakes.”

Pastimes: “Most of the time I’m in the barracks catching up with family (over the phone). I do like sightseeing and hiking, but I haven’t had a chance to go out yet.”

Your worst fear: “That would be losing my mom or a close family member.”

Favorite book: “‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama. I’m just getting started, but I encourage all women to read it, especially younger women. She’s the perfect role model and gives great advice on how to become successful without using your sexuality.”

The one person you admire: “That would be my mom. Growing up, I’ve watched her make a lot of sacrifices. I don’t think I’ve ever come across someone so humble and who gives all her praises to God. I’ve never seen her react angrily toward anyone; she has such a great spirit. I love that about her.”

The celebrity or historical figure you would meet: “Oprah (Winfrey, the businesswoman and entertainer). I feel like there’s a lot I could learn from her, just knowing about her struggles as an African-American.”

If you could do anything, anywhere right now, what and where would it be? “It would be something as simple as finding my (paternal) grandmother’s grave and sitting down with her to talk. I never met her, and I don’t know my dad’s side of the family. All I know is his dad died a day before my birthday and my grandmother died a day after my birthday.”

Favorite quote: “Luke 1:45 – ‘Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her’"

What people would be surprised to know about you: “I love to read articles about animals. I’m a huge fan of ‘Animal Planet.’ That may be weird, but I love reading about insects, animals, etc. I’m also an over-thinker because I have this huge fear of failure; and I love talking to (and counseling) kids, especially girls.”

What you believe in: “Myself. If I don’t believe in myself, then who will?”

When you have been most satisfied: “When I’m spending time with my two younger brothers.”

One life-changing event: “Back in high school, I took this picture with a group of guys I was close to. I was the only female in the group. There were seven guys in the picture. Three of those guys died in a car accident together, and last December, they found another one dead in the river. The four surrounded me in the picture, and they all died in the order of where they were posed. It’s scary, and something I try not to think about.”

If you won the lottery … “I would open up recreational facilities for the young people in my hometown. I also would do something very nice for my mom.”

Why you joined the Army: “I joined to do something different. I say that because, back in high school, everyone expected me to be that college girl that was going to make it. But I didn’t want to be the typical college girl, and I was athletic so I felt I could make it the military. I also knew I could go to college for free. I said, ‘I could knock out college while doing the military thing,’ and I’m doing that currently.”

Did the Army fulfill your initial expectations? “It did. I thought it would be worse than this. I thought I was going to be getting hit, but the drill sergeants act just like my mom. The Army is more of a mental challenge, and it’s definitely something I enjoy doing.”

Why like about your MOS: “I get to help people. I am a people person, I love to talk and in this job, everyone has to come to you for one reason or another. I love the interaction.”

What you do not like about your duties: “Sometimes you feel like you can’t catch a break. People can be very demanding.”

What it means to wear the uniform: “There is a feeling accomplishment and pride, especially when people come up to you and say, ‘Thank you.’ That honestly makes you feel good about what you’re doing.”

Best thing about the Army: “I would say it is the challenge.”

Worst thing about the Army: “For me, that would be getting comfortable with people you’ve fought and lived your best moments with, only to have to leave them for another assignment.”

Future plans: “I’m still in that bubble in which I don’t know if I want to make the Army a career. I would like a degree in childhood education and become an elementary school teacher. I also love the Army, but I can’t see myself doing any more than eight years. I’m torn.”