FORT LEE, Va. (Feb. 13, 2014) -- Name: Spc. Kent Winkler

Unit: Romeo Company, 262nd Quartermaster Battalion, 23rd QM Brigade with duty at the battalion headquarters

MOS: 56M – chaplain’s assistant

Age: 28

Time in service: four years

Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

Marital status: married with two children

Describe yourself: “I’m friendly, talkative, open-minded, easy-to-get-along-with and a family-first type of person. I’m occasionally long-winded as well.”

Pastimes: “I usually watch movies or TV with my wife and wrestle with the kids.”

What you can’t live without: “My faith.”

Your talent: “Counseling people. I’m approachable and open-minded to their situations.”

Worst fear: “Clowns and death.”

One person you most admire: “My wife. She’s stuck home every day with two kids. They’re trying sometimes, and on top of that, she has to take care of a third kid, which is me.”

The celebrity or historical figure you would like to meet: “I wouldn’t mind meeting Jim Brown (Winkler is a big Cleveland Browns fan). It’s his work ethic. He did a lot. He was a multiple (sport) letter winner at Syracuse, then played professional football. He was very, very hard working.”

One lesson you’ve learned that you like sharing with others: “When I was a kid, I hit two home runs in a little league playoff game. Afterward, I was talking about how awesome I did, and my dad pulled me aside and said, ‘You’re only as good as people say you are. If you have to tell people you’re good, then you’re not as good as you think you are.’”

One defining moment: “Getting married. It changes your whole life. Now you have somebody who you are accountable to and vice versa. From that you have kids, and it’s no longer your decision but ‘our’ decisions.”

Why you joined the Army: “For discipline and to continue in the ministry and the opportunity to get my degree at the same time. I have three-quarters of my bachelor’s degree through the Army.”

Did the Army fulfill all of your expectations?: “That and then some. I’m due to get my degree in about four weeks, and then I’m pursuing a program to become a chaplain. I’ve also become more well-rounded by interacting with people and seeing the world through their eyes.”

Why you want to continue in uniform: “I’ve always wanted to serve, and I have a passion for the ministry so I kind of combined the two. In addition, every day in the chaplaincy is not conventional. I’ve always been a guy who is better outside the box than inside it. Combining those pieces together fit perfectly.”

Toughest part of your job: “Avoiding compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue is when you get slammed by a bunch of different people having a bunch of different issues. Chaplains and chaplain assistants aren’t allowed to have bad days, so when you have a bunch of people coming in telling you how bad their day is, and you’re actually having a bad day, you still have to take care of their emotional issues because that’s why we’re here.”

The qualities that you admire in leaders: “The ability to involve themselves in multiple parts of a Soldier’s life. There’s your military life, and they are there to guide and show you how to do things. But there’s a life outside of uniform, and they are there as well.”

What you like best about the Army: “Within the battalion headquarters, we’re really shorthanded and small so we have to help each other out. From the top down, everyone is willing to help each other out. It’s really supportive, way more so than I’ve seen elsewhere. It’s one moving force.”

The best thing about the Army: “The unseen benefits like medical, recreation, etc..”

Worst thing about the Army: “Constant change. You get to know people and either they will PCS or you will.”

Future plans: “To become a chaplain.”