Americas Military Conran

Unit: 217th Military Police Detachment

Hometown: Las Vegas

Age: 19

Time in service: 18 months

Military occupational specialty: 31B – military police. According to www.goarmy.com, military police protect lives and property on Army installations by enforcing military laws and regulations. They also control traffic, prevent crime and respond to all emergencies.

Conran’s duties at Fort Lee: “My duties (as a patrolman) vary depending on the shift. We have three shifts – a day, swing and mid. The day shift is the busiest with things such as traffic accidents, speed limit enforcement, etc. The swing shift deals with more domestic situations, and the mid is more of keeping things secure and the hours when you might get an occasional DUI.”

Describe your personality: “Outgoing and usually the curious person in any scenario. I just kind of want to know everything. That can be a good and bad thing.”

Pastimes: “I definitely like to modify my truck. I just got a new pickup (Chevy Silverado) so I like to add new accessories and make sure it’s shining.”

Worst fear: “Probably not coming home at night; or not doing my job to the fullest extent to keep others safe.”

Favorite foods: “Pizza, burgers … McDonald’s.”

Pet peeves: “When people try to seek the harshest, heaviest resolution when you can start from the bottom up.” 

If you won the lottery … “I would definitely help out some family members first, then try to set myself up economically where I’m not out of my lottery winnings a month later (laugh).”

When you are happiest: “When I’m with family.”

If you could do anything, anywhere at this moment, what and where would that be? “I would love to be running a company (Conran said he loves entrepreneurship and ‘Shark Tank’ is one of his favorite shows).”

The historical figure or celebrity you would like to meet: “Adam Sandler (actor/comedian). He’s very comical, but at the same time, he cares a lot about different things in the world.”

Your greatest achievement: “Probably, setting myself up to be better. I wanted to join the military, but I was very hesitant on whether or not I could do it. So, that would be my greatest achievement – actually following through with my decision.”

One person you admire: “My ex-team leader (Sgt. Akyem Constable). He was my first team leader when I got to this unit. He’s had a really big impact on me. He taught me how to bite the bullet in situations in which it was tough to keep quiet; in which I was making it to be a lot more than it needed to be; and getting past the negative to see the positive.”

Talk about your upbringing: “I grew up in Las Vegas. I spent 13 years there, and my parents got divorced. I went with mom to New Jersey. That was difficult. It was not just being down the street from dad but living in a different town thousands of miles away, and it was in my teenage years when I was trying to fit in. After that, I came back to Vegas to do my senior year because I really wanted to do the military thing. I actually wanted to join the Air Force as a pilot. Then something struck: I said, ‘You know what, it’s going to take so many years to be a pilot … I’m probably better off doing my second favorite thing – being a police officer.’”

Toughest part of your job: “Seeing bad things happen to people you least expected would get into trouble. You kind of hope they’d gone down the right path. It might be a previous team leader or sergeant. You see it firsthand because, unfortunately, you’re giving them the consequence of the UCMJ. Obviously, you want to set a standard for yourself when you go into this type of work in which everyone has to be treated equally. It’s tough, but you have to keep that standard. You can’t try and change it because someone is your buddy or friend.”

What you dislike about your duties: “The sometimes low rate of calls or activity … boredom (while on patrol). There’s just not enough activity on this post, especially during the holidays (when troops traditionally take block leave).”

Why you joined the Army: “I joined because I had more of a Soldier’s mindset. I chased the deployments and things, but I also chased the experiences you get. In the Army, you kind of get to pick that.”

What you expect from leaders: “I expect fairness and for them to have my back. Those are the biggest things. You know, a team leader told me, ‘If you can’t have your Soldier’s back, then how can you be a team leader?’ If you can’t stand behind your Soldier, regardless of the scenario, you’re not doing your job as a team leader.”   

What you expect from your peers: “To be treated equally and not be afraid of being wrong about something. I learn constantly on the road from my peers – sergeants and specialists – who have been in longer than me and know how to handle certain situations.”

What it means to wear the uniform: “To me, it is putting something on that doesn’t come off. It’s on for the rest of your life. It’s more of a mindset that sticks with you forever. For me, it’s being professional and living the Army Values.”

Best thing about the Army: “Healthcare.”

Where you see yourself in five years: “Hopefully, I will be back in Vegas trying to become a Nevada state highway patrolman.”