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FORT LEE, Va. -- Name: Ralph K. Simcox

Hometown: Detroit

Length of federal service: 15 Years

Job title: KAHC command group secretary

Job duties: “Research, tracking deadlines, scheduling meetings for the (command team), reviewing and editing policies, creating and updating correspondence, assisting both internal and external customers with their varied administrative needs, and for a time, providing back-up Patient Advocate services.”

What do you love most about your job? “The interaction; providing creative solutions to problems, and simplifying processes along the way.”

Do you volunteer? “Not right now. With a full-time and two part-time jobs, evening, plus graduate studies, and family time with my beautiful wife and two daughters (ages 1 and 3), time is simply at a premium. In the future, I do look forward to volunteering at the VA hospital.”

What do you expect from leaders? “To lead from the front, not the rear. As a matter of integrity and by virtue of their positions, leaders are expected to ‘walk the walk’ and be positive examples to those who follow them.”

Where would you most like to live? “In Malta or Avila, Spain.”

When and where were you happiest? “Sitting on top of Mount Krizevac contemplating the awesomeness of my surroundings, and the peace and tranquility that came with the location.”

Do you have any pet peeves? “When the milk cap is not screwed on tight.”

Which historical figure would you most like to meet? “I would have been honored to have met President Ronald Reagan. He embodied many of the personal values that seem to have gone by the wayside today.”

What is your greatest fear? “I fear losing hope. Having it gives us a sense of purpose – something to look forward to – and when generally applied can be even something cathartic when shared with others.”

What is your greatest extravagance? “A good bottle of wine with my wife on a special occasion. Besides, I have kids and so providing for them is what takes precedence, and spending time with them and my wife that’s the best extravagance possible.”

Which talent would you most like to have? “I would like to develop great empathy and unconditional positivity regarding with people I engage with on a daily basis.”

What’s your motto? “Sorry, I’m not smart enough to come up with one myself, so I’ll borrow one from another. St. Iraneus once said, ‘The greatest glory of God is to see man fully alive.’ This statement may be met with some hesitancy, as it references God, Christianity, etc., but if it’s really unpacked and brought down to a humanist level, it means that you and I are supposed to work together, and do so with the interest if bringing about the best in each other.”

Role model: “Saint Mother Therese for the depth of humanity she had shown toward the poor and marginalized.”

What is it that you most dislike? “Taking the long walk when a short one would suffice.”

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? “In eighth grade, I had the lead role in a play called ‘Beauty Queen of Cabbage Corners.’ I had to dress the part as a ‘beauty queen’… high heels, make-up, the whole works.”

What are your future aspirations? “I am pursuing a Marriage and Family Counseling Degree at Capella University, and my hope is to be a licensed marriage and family therapist with the VA hospital, particularly working with vets who have suffered from PTSD-related injuries and their families.”