KABUL, Afghanistan - Sgt. 1st Class Ramone T. Holmes, 39 and Columbus, Ga., native, is a combat engineer for III Corps. He is currently deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan. He has deployed four times previously to Iraq. This is his first deployment to Afghanistan. He currently works in the ISAF Joint Command Counter IED cell.
What is your favorite thing about being in the army?
“Training soldiers. I just enjoy seeing a soldier get from point A to point B -- seeing them grow in maturity and the responsibility. And just them having the security knowing that they can perform different tasks.”
What are some of the things the army has taught you?
“Discipline, leadership, patience… definitely.”
What inspired you to be a soldier?
“Family. I was a single parent at the time, so that’s why. I had a scholarship, gave it up, joined the army [to be able to support my family].
What has this deployment been like?
“All in one. Stressful at times. It can also be rewarding when you see what you’re doing out there for the Afghans.
What do you enjoy most about this deployment?
The difference of moving from a combat mission to a staff mission. It’s a whole different environment from being out there on the line to being here in a staff organization.
What do you miss most about Fort hood and your family?
“Everything! Green grass. No rocks. Everything. I miss my family. My wife is my best friend, and when you have a wife that’s your best friend, it doesn’t matter how far you’re apart, or how many hours you’ve missed them. That’s what I miss most about her -- being there and just being able to see her each and every day.
|Date Posted:||08.26.2013 10:40|
|Location:||KABUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, AF|
|Hometown:||COLUMBUS, GA, US|
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