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Name: Pfc. Laxman Lamichhane

Unit:

 

108th Quartermaster Company, 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 49th QM Group

MOS:

 

92F – petroleum supply specialist

Age:

 

31

Hometown:

 

Houston, Texas

Family:

 

parents, Govinda B. and Dilkumari Bishwakarma

Talk about yourself:

 

"I was born in Nepal and came here in 2002. I’m a person who has a lot of expectations and ambitions. I graduated from college and want to explore more opportunities."

If you had to take three people to a deserted island, who would you take?:

 

"First of all, I’ll take my parents because they gave me life. That’s two. The next will be the girl I like the most, so I can make a population on the island (laugh)."

The one person you most admire:

 

"Christopher Columbus. He’s the one who had the courage to explore and discover."

What should people know about your country and the Hindu faith?:

 

"People over here view Nepal as a small country with multiple religions. It is also very beautiful. It is the country of Mount Everest and Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism. It is a friendly country that doesn’t try to interfere in the matters of other countries. As far as Hindu goes, it is a very liberal religion. It believes in fairness, and it believes that every religion has a right to grow."

How do people within your culture feel about military service?:

 

"I was raised in Hindu culture. People from Nepal are very interested in military service. If you are in the army, that means that you are a very brave person, you’re not afraid of dying and you want to save your freedom and fight for your country."

What has your transition period been like since arriving to the United States?:

 

"When I was in Nepal, I went to an English-speaking high school. The language wasn’t hard. I have a little accent but still I can understand people and communicate. I try to treat people nicely, and they’ve done the same for me. I’ve never had a hard time with people. It wasn’t really hard, but for the first few months, I was really surprised by the different cultures and different way of life."

Why did you join the Army?:

 

"I joined for different reasons. I used to be a nursing student, but it was hard getting accepted into a nursing college in the United States. I made it happen but after a couple of semesters, I thought it wasn’t a job I want to spend my whole life doing. I decided that the Army would be a challenging career for me."

One best thing about the Army:

 

"The fact that the Army will provide you opportunities if you have a talent or ability, no matter where you come from, what color you are, what race you are or what religion you have faith in. That’s a really good thing about the Army."

What should Soldiers know about leaders?:

 

"Soldiers should know that they can come to leaders and get answers. I read something a long time ago. It said that when Soldiers stop asking questions, they have lost confidence in the leader’s ability to answer them."

What motivates you to serve knowing you could lose your life?:

 

"It’s a matter of pride. Everyone will die one day, but to die with honor is a different kind of death. There’s a whole lot of difference in dying in a car accident and dying for your country."

Future plans:

 

"I want to be an officer. I am doing a packet for the Green to Gold program right now. I think I have the capability. I want to complete my master’s degree and serve in the Army as a high-ranking officer."

 

– Compiled by T. Anthony Bell