Soldier spotlight: Meet Staff Sgt. Michael Allen

ISAF Joint Command
Story by Staff Sgt. Daniel Wallace

Date: 07.19.2013
Posted: 07.19.2013 08:14
News ID: 110456
Soldier Spotlight: Meet Staff Sgt. Michael Allen

KABUL, Afghanistan - Name: Michael D. Allen

Duty Title: ISAF Joint Command Facilities Manager

Unit: C. Co, HHBN, III Corps

Home Station: Fort Hood

Age: 29

Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Joined the military: June 9, 2005

Basic Training Location: Fort Benning

MOS: 25Q

Education: Going to school to obtain my associates degree in applied technologies

Marital Status: Married

Children: 3, (12) Makalya, (3) Adrian, (1) Brandon

Activities/Hobbies: Basketball, big time Lakers fan

Favorite movie: Paid in Full

Favorite TV show: The Following

Favorite band: Tupac, DMX, Kanye West

Favorite thing about the military: Being to different countries you realize in the next 10-15 years you will be a part of history.

What I've learned being a Soldier: Nothing is as bad as it seems.

What inspires you to be a Soldier: The appreciation I receive when I am wearing this uniform.

How many times have you been deployed and what years/locations? 4 Deployments 06-07 Afghanistan, 08-09 Iraq, 10-11 Afghanistan 13-Current Afghanistan

What's this deployment been like for you? Very Stressful, but I’ve been able to maintain a new learning experience.

What do you enjoy most about your deployment and the mission you're supporting? Getting to work with the coalition forces.

What do you miss most about Fort Hood and your family? Miss playing with my kids and seeing them smile.