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FORT LEE, Va. -- Name: Spc. Joshua Jimenez

Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 23rd Quartermaster Brigade

MOS: 92W – water treatment specialist

Duty position: driver for 23rd Quartermaster Brigade commander

Age: 23

Time in service: two years

Hometown: Orlando, Fla.

Describe yourself: “A lot of people tell me I’m an ‘old soul.’ I’m kind of simple, easygoing and a go-with-the-flow kind of person. It’s really hard to get on my bad side. I get along with everyone.”

Pastimes: “I’ve been involved with martial arts since I was 14. I’m a big fan of muay thai and boxed for several years. It’s something I look forward to in keeping myself fit. Besides that, I’m a huge nerd. I love gaming, computers, etc.”

Worst fear: “What I fear the most is leaving this world without making an impact (either personally or professionally).”

Favorite quote: “It’s from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He said, ‘The time is always right to do what is right.’ People often procrastinate when and where to apply themselves to make an impact. That quote speaks to me on so many levels. The time is always right to do something. If you have the burning desire to take action, do it. Don’t wait.”

The person you most admire: “Growing up, I really admired Michael Jackson (the recording artist). My family would tease me about it, but he was inspirational and always wanted to help.”

The celebrity or historical figure you desire to meet: “I’d like to meet (Latino pop star) Marc Anthony. My parents are big fans of his music, and he is my culture and heritage.”

If you won the lottery … “The first thing I would want to do is to make sure my immediate family gets a cut; make sure everyone is well off … whatever is left would go to never having the fear of struggling ever again.”

What no one would guess about you: “The fact I’m well-skilled in hand-to-hand combat.”

When have you been most satisfied: “The time I signed on the dotted line to join the Army. It was a big change and something I went into blindly. After going through training, however, it opened my eyes to the world and allowed me to see just how trial and different experiences can build character.”

Talk about your upbringing: “I grew up in Orlando with a family of four brothers and one sister. I was the fourth out of five. I kind of suffered the middle-child syndrome because my sister was the oldest and the youngest was babied. During my teenage years, my parents hit a very low financial state in our lives. We were house-hopping; I fell out of a traditional high school and attended an alternative one; and I picked up a job to help out with finances. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but I didn’t have the traditional upbringing of being surrounded with friends, being able to go to a prom or graduation. Everything was always diverted into a different direction. Some way, somehow I found my own path to achieve what everyone else was getting with regular support.”

Why you joined the Army: “I never wanted to have the financial struggle of my youth again. I saw what happened with my parents and how it affected my family – because some of my siblings always had everything laid out for them. Then, when the economy struck us down to the lowest part of our lives, my sister and my little brother were infected with always wanting and wanting. I saw how my parents’ sacrificed to manage their demands, but I never want to go through that or to subject my kids to that kind of experience.”

Talk about your duties as a driver: “Work ethic will disqualify some Soldiers for consideration in this kind of job. It’s easy to get complacent. I can see how this work can drive someone to slack off. I see my position as an opportunity for self-development. When the colonel and sergeant major are in meetings, it gives me time to work on things like correspondence and college courses. In terms of holding the title of ‘driver,’ I don’t see myself just as a driver. I see myself as someone responsible for the safety of my occupants as well. In terms of what I’ve learned, it’s to not fear rank. I’ve seen all walks of life and all ranks – from general to private – and I’ve learned to talk to them with confidence, to be myself and be proud of who I am. I’ve also learned from how the colonel and the sergeant major carry themselves, and how you can influence people through demeanor, appearance and manner of speaking.”

What it means to wear the uniform: “It’s empowering at times; it makes me feel proud. I’ve surprised my family with it once or twice, and it makes me feel like I can be someone’s example. I know how I carry myself in this uniform will influence others.”

Best thing about the Army: “The diversity; the many walks of life you come to know. I’ve met so many different types of people – different cultures with different beliefs. It generates conversation and opens minds. It’s a blessing because you don’t know this when you’re home in a state you’ve never left.”

Worst thing about the Army: “How some people minimize rank. In the Army, it’s such that it shapes expectations. If I’m a private, no one expects anything of me, but’s that’s without consideration of who I am as a person, my experiences or my skills.”

Future plans: “I’ve helped my father establish a trucking business, and I can see myself doing that in the future. I plan to end my active duty time and switch to the Army Reserve because I want to keep my connection to the uniform."