Name: Spc. James Orr
Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 49th Quartermaster Group
MOS: 42A - human resources specialist
Time in service: seven years
Describe yourself: "I'm loyal, hardworking and dedicated to my job."
Pastimes: "I love to fish."
Strengths: "My organizational skills, my ability to think outside the box and my education."
Weaknesses: "My physical inabilities to do things Soldiers younger than me can do."
Dream car: "A big 3500 Chevy Silverado."
Talent: "My ability to listen. Someone once said ‘A wise man listens twice as much as he speaks.'"
The people you most admire: "My grandfathers - James Orr and James McManus. The thing that we all have in common is the fact that we served in the Armed Forces. No one else in my family has done what they have. I'm following in their footsteps."
One life-changing moment: "I would have to say graduating from college (Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa.). I didn't do so well the first time I was in college but did considerably better the second go-round. It was a monumental accomplishment considering what it entailed. It was definitely not easy."
Why you joined the Army: "It was a matter of circumstance. I had just graduated college and was looking for a job. This was just after 9-11, too. For me it was partially economic, but I also wanted to serve."
Why you chose your MOS: "I actually have a bachelor's degree in human resource management. To get that job on the outside, I thought I would come in and get the experience in the same field."
Describe your MOS: "It is a very technical job although you wouldn't think of it. You have to know (Army) regulations and you have to know the laws outside the military as well. It requires a lot of thinking. It's not for everyone, and not everyone can do it. It's not easy as you think it is. It's not exactly ‘paper pushing.'"
Job motivation: "Honestly, I love helping people. Anytime I get to help someone further their career or help their family in some way, it just makes me a happy person."
What it takes to be a Soldier: "It takes discipline to be a Soldier. You can't have a problem with authority; you have to know that you want to be here, that you want to do it. And you will eventually have to fight a war for your country. It takes a certain individual to do that."
You were deployed in 2006-08. What did you gain from your experience?: "It wasn't anything physical, but I realized that when I got back, I was a changed person. I guess it gave me the wisdom, strength and resilience to get through things. I became so much more of that than I was before the deployment."
Stand-out moments from your deployment: "There was no specific moment, but part of my job as a 42A is to track casualties while we're downrange. It's a war and it does happen, and I can still remember to this day that there were 230 casualties in our area of operations alone in northern Iraq."
What advice would you give young Soldiers?: "If you're not sure you want to stay in the military, I'd say give it one more try because it is not the Army. The people are difficult to get along with sometimes. The Army is a great thing, and there is nowhere else you're going to get this kind of training and experience."
What are your goals?: "At this point, I'm kind of leaning toward retiring (in the Army). I'd also like to get married, start a family and maybe get a master's degree."