FORT LEE, Va. (Feb. 23, 2012) -- Name: Spc. Ryan Dodd
Unit: Medical Department Activity
MOS: 68P - X-ray technician
Time in service: two years
Hometown: Lewisburg, W.Va.
Your strengths as a person: "I'm very hardworking, not unable to learn and I approach things with an open mind."
Your weaknesses: "Criticism - I don't like to be put down."
Your talent: "I can make people laugh. I can turn the very worst situation into the best situation."
Dream car: "A Bugatti Veyron."
Favorite actress: "Jennifer Aniston is one of my favorites."
Worst fear: "Drowning."
If you won the lottery: "Half of it will go to my Family, and the rest ... my friends and I are going to big places. That's all I can say."
Greatest hope: "To succeed without anyone saying, ‘He got there not deserving where he is today.' I hope to get where I'm going and have people look back and say, ‘He did it and he earned it.'"
One defining moment: "When my family filed for bankruptcy. I watched everything that I knew and loved go away on the back of a rollback truck, getting repossessed. I realized that everything isn't free. Everything has to be earned, and watching my mom and dad cry, I realized I had to doing something with my life. They worked hard to get me where I am today, and I feel like I need to break off and do my own thing."
Did the Army fulfill your initial expectations?: "It went beyond my expectations. I expected basic training would be hard; that I would get yelled at a lot. I expected to be a private forever; that's what I really expected but as time went on, I was accepted by more and more people, and I realized I started to move up pretty quickly."
Most profound moment as a Soldier: "Winning the Soldier of the Year competition (for Kenner Army Health Clinic). That actually says that I worked to separate myself from my peers."
Talk about your efforts to win the title: "It took a lot of work, a lot of studying; it was an exhausting competition."
Your thoughts about deployment: "I haven't yet deployed, but I volunteered. I'm just waiting to get picked up."
Why would a Soldier volunteer for deployment?: "Everyone I went to school with at Fort Sam Houston (Texas), they're all going over there. I don't understand why I should be left behind and not go when we all joined for the same reasons."
How can one progress in the Army: "You have to give 110 percent, and you have to be opportunistic. You can't sit back and expect everything to come to you. I you want it, you have to go out and achieve it. The opportunities are there."
What kind of qualities do you like to see in leaders?: "I like to see that they're not scared to do the work that they tell us to do."
What you would change about the Army?: "Honestly, I can't say I would change a thing."
One best thing about the Army: "You're always meeting new people and getting the opportunity to enjoy new experiences. It's never the same."
Worst thing: "You never know where you're going to go. A lot can change in a matter of minutes."
Where do you see yourself in 10 years: "I see myself on the officer side of the house - commissioned with a bachelor's degree, and hopefully, God-willing, I will be a captain or a major."