Name: Pvt. Scott Thomas
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 10th Sustainment Brigade Troops Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Drum, N.Y.
(Editor’s note. Thomas was interviewed at Fort Lee while his unit trained for an upcoming deployment.)
68W – health care specialist
Time in service:
John and Paula Thomas
"I like adventure; that’s why I joined the Army. I like helping people; that’s why I’m a medic. I think that’s the best job in the Army."
One gratuitous act you would direct toward your fellow Soldiers:
"I’d give them any car they want."
"I like to help people, put them before myself. I’m one of those people who’ll do anything to help someone."
"I’m not the most good-looking guy in the world (laugh). I’m young. I don’t have as much experience as everyone else; I’m scared because of a lack of experience, but at the same time, I’m eager to do whatever I have to do."
"The new Camaro Super Sport."
"Not being able to save someone as a medic."
The one place you’d take a vacation:
"I probably go over to Italy."
One person you most admire:
"My grandmother, Laura Jean. She helped to raise me, she taught me a lot. She’s was always there for me. She’s the greatest person I know in my life."
A life-changing event:
"I’m still young, but the greatest thing I’ve done was join the Army. It’s life-changing because it’s probably something I’ll do for the rest of my life."
What’s should the American public know about Soldiers?:
"That we’re here to serve them."
Your unit may deploy sometime in the future. What are your thoughts about deployment?:
"I’m eager to do it; scared, but at the same time as a medic, I want to go do my job. I hope I won’t have to save someone, but if I’m in that position, I feel confident enough in my skills to do it."
What do you expect of your leaders?:
"Every NCO I’ve come upon has shown good leadership. Everything they want you to do, they are willing to do. That’s what I love about the leadership here in this unit."
What should leaders expect of you?:
"Leaders expect me to know my job – be there at the right time, in the right uniform, at right place – do what I’m supposed to do."
One best thing about the Army:
"The one best thing about the Army is you get what you put into it. You can do anything you want. There are so many different schools you can go to. There are so many different MOSs you can choose from, and the training is top notch. It’s all free, too."
Worst thing about the Army:
"Basic training; and that wasn’t that bad."
"Personally, I want to become a nurse. I hope during deployment, I’ll get some experience and after that take some nursing classes. The Army has a great nursing program, and that’s something I’m looking forward to."
– Compiled by T. Anthony Bell