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This week's USARCENT Soldier Spotlight is Spc. Robert M. Wenzel, an information technology specialist (Photo by Staff Sgt. Taikeila T. Chancey USARCENT Public Affairs)

By Staff Sgt. Taikeila Chancey
USARCENT Public Affairs

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. – U.S. Army Central spotlights Spc. Robert M. Wenzel. Wenzel, an information technology specialist hails from Haskell, N.J. He comes from a family of six brothers and three sisters, he is the third oldest. At the age of 15, he dropped out of high school to get a job to help his mother support his siblings. Wenzel took on this responsibility until he was 22, when he decided to join the U.S. Army.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: My hobbies include working out, spending time with my wife and dogs. I also enjoy spending time with dogs at the local animal shelter.

Q: What do you enjoy doing most during your free time?

A: I enjoy going to dog parks, hiking and anything outdoors.

Q: What are your short/long-term professional goals?

A: My short-term goals are to graduate from the Warrior Leader Course as the distinguished honor graduate and get promoted to the rank of sergeant. My long-term goals are to earn my degree in nutritional science and continue being the best soldier I can be.

Q: When did you make the decision to become a soldier and why?

A: I made the decision to join the Army while working as a hardwood floor installer. I knew there had to be more to life, so I talked to a recruiter about joining the Army, and the rest is history.

Q: If you could take a vacation to a location of your choice, where would you go?

A: I would go to Tokyo. My cousin, who is in the Navy, was stationed there and I have heard nothing but wonderful things about the country, as well as the culture.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a soldier?

A: I enjoy the pride I feel when I’m getting dressed in the morning; the uniform says it all.

Q: If you could change one thing about the Army, what would you change and why?

A: I would change the way we communicate in the Army; it seems to have some major flaws. For an organization that is supposed to represent the standard of being organized, I continue to see things happening "last minute" and we are constantly being reactive instead of proactive.

Q: If you could hold a different position in USARCENT for one day, what position would you

A: I would choose to serve as the ARCENT commanding general, if for no other reason than to experience a position where I could make a huge impact on soldiers of all levels, from the newest private to sergeant major.


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Date Taken:12.03.2013

Date Posted:12.03.2013 15:00


Hometown:HASKELL, NJ, US


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