America's Military - Spc. Nyesha Turner

Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 23rd Quartermaster Brigade

Military occupational specialty: 92G – culinary specialist

Home: Goldsboro, N.C.

Age: 24

Time in service: three years

Describe your personality: “I’m a very friendly person, easily approachable, outgoing, and sometimes when I get frustrated I get an attitude. I’m also assertive.”

Pastimes: “I like to read and watch TV. I’m really trying to get into volunteering because I do have a lot of time on my hands.”

Favorite book: “‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ by Lemony Snicket. I like it because it involves orphans and their real-life experiences. I first read it when I was in my teens and went back and read it as an adult.”

Your worst fear: “My mom passing away.”

Pet peeves: “People who lie.”

If you could do anything, anywhere right now, what and where would that be? “I would own a bakery in North Carolina.”

The talent you would most like to have: “I would like to be able to dance because I’m the most uncoordinated person you’d ever meet (laugh).”

Something no one would guess about you: “That I like cats. When I was little, there was a stray cat outside my house that I took in. Come to find out, she had eight kittens underneath my porch, so I ended up taking in all nine of them. It stuck.”

When you have been most satisfied: “The day I joined the Army.”

Greatest achievement: “Winning the Soldier of the quarter board (for the 23rd QM Bde.). I’m shy and don’t like talking in front of people, so it (the competition) really moved me out of my comfort zone. Although I studied hard and had a lot of people who helped me, it’s an achievement for me because it’s something I did outside of myself.”

One person you would like to meet: “President Barack Obama. He was in a position in which he took care of a lot of people, and I just want to know what it was like. I know it was hard, and I know he faced a lot of challenges. I would want to know how he led because I’m aspiring to be a leader.”

A person whom you admire:  “My supervisor (Staff Sgt. Rohan Murdock). He’s in the position I want to be in one day. I’m a very shy person, and I don’t have much of a voice. He’s very outgoing, and he speaks up. He’s very outspoken. Also, he’s very, very intelligent. I want to be like that and feel like it’s something I need to work at.” 

One life-changing moment or event: “The day I lost my grandma. She was blind, so I would spend all my time helping her out. I was in high school at the time and planned to graduate, get a house and job and take care of her. She passed away right before I graduated. It changed my life because taking care of her was my plan. I was lost and didn’t know what to do. After graduation, I took a few years off. I was supposed to go to college. In the meantime, I met my husband then joined the Army.”

Talk about your upbringing: “I am the youngest of three (a brother and sister). I was raised by a single mother. She instilled in me to always be honest and treat people the way you want to be treated. My dad was a troubled man and was in and out of our lives. He did re-enter my life later, and I’m trying to develop a more meaningful relationship with him.”

If you won the lottery… “I would buy my mama a house and invest the rest.”

How you crossed paths with the Army: “My (ex) husband was the biggest influence because I really didn’t think about the Army; never. He loved it, however, and was always pushing me to join. After graduation, I got to the point of not liking myself because I wasn’t doing anything for me; not giving anything back. The Army was the best route.”

What it means to wear the uniform: “I feel like I’m doing something bigger than myself. It’s my way of giving back, and I’m prepared for whatever comes with my duties and responsibilities.”

Why you chose your MOS: “At first, I didn’t know what to choose, and for the majority of the MOSs, a driver license was required and I didn’t have one at the time. I also wanted to be a 42A (human resources specialist), but it wasn’t open. When they showed me the list of everything else, it included culinary specialist. I was attracted to the name ‘specialist’ and read something that said it included ‘baking.’ That caught my eye.”

Best thing about the Army: “It takes care of Soldiers. That’s one thing I like about our Army. I know that no matter what, at the end of the day, I’m going to be good.”

Worst thing about the Army: “Running during PT.”

Where you see yourself in five years: “Hopefully, I will be an officer and remarried with kids.”