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Name: Spc. Jimmy Sprouse

Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 59th Ordnance Brigade

MOS: 88M – motor transport operator

Time in service: three years

Hometown: Weston, W.Va.

Family: single with two children

Age: 31

Describe yourself: “I’m a people person. I like to meet new people, I like to engage in conversation with people of different backgrounds and I like trying new things.”

Pastimes: “I’m a volunteer firefighter, and I do things in the community. When I go home, I usually go bow hunting and fishing.”

Dream car: “A 1967 Ford Mustang.”

Pet peeve: “Honesty – be honest no matter if it hurts the other person. If you don’t say what you honestly feel, you can put people in a bad situation.”

Talent: “I can pretty much adapt and overcome anything.”

Worst fear: “My worst fear right now is not being around long enough to see my kids graduate high school.”

The one person you most admire: “My grandmother. When my parents got divorced, my grandmother pretty much watched me all the time after school. We got really close watching NCAA basketball. She was passionate about it. It didn’t even matter who was playing. Once we got really close, she shared a lot of things with me about marriage, about how you’re supposed to treat people, and even showed it. I hated grocery shopping with her because it was an all-day event, but now that she has passed away, I wish I could go back and relive all that.”

One defining moment: “The change of my life would be my first deployment which I did a year ago to Iraq. It basically changed the way I see the simple things we all take for granted. It also changed my relationship with my Family. I wasn’t as close to them, but the deployment brought us extremely close, probably the strongest bond I’ve had in my life with my Family. It changed me as a person, a man, as a father, as a son, and it made me appreciate things. Even if I have only 10 minutes with my kids, it’s 10 that I didn’t have earlier.”

Why you joined the Army: “When the economy went bad, the oil field that I was working in pretty much dried out. I’ve got 15 Family members who are in the Air Force and I didn’t want to follow in their footsteps so I decided to join the Army.”

What it means to be a Soldier: “To me, being a Soldier is a chance to defend your country, but it’s also something that teaches you discipline, the right way to handle things and provide job skills that will allow you to go on to use if you get out of the military.”

The qualities you admire in leaders: “The leaders I look up to are the ones you know who care about where you’re going in your career. They try to emphasize certain areas that you need to pick up on, and they also give you tasks to complete to show you how you can lead other Soldiers in that process.”

The qualities you admire in your fellow Soldiers: “I look for people to be honest. If you have a problem, let’s talk about it, and do it in a tactful way and show respect no matter who they are.”

Best thing about the Army: “If you work hard, do what you’re supposed to do and you’re on time, you can really move up in the system. It can also provide you with an education, leadership skills and programs that can make you a better parent, husband, etc.”

Worst thing: “There isn’t anything I hate about the Army. It’s rough sometimes, but the Army’s really good. It’s done a lot for me.”

Future plans: “My ultimate goal is to stay in the military and become an officer or make rank on the enlisted side.”\