Spotlight on...Staff Sgt. Jeanmarie Alexis
July 11, 2013
Staff Sgt. Jeanmarie Alexis is the chaplain assistant for the Expeditionary Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
Describe your current position
For the past 15 years, this is the first time I had the opportunity to work with a unit such as this -- Expeditionary Contracting Command. This is a unique assignment that offers me the opportunity to work with both military and civilians.
My day-to-day activities comprise the following: coordinate religious support in the absence of the chaplain; maintain reports, files and administrative data for religious operations; assess unit morale; and manage religious support resources to include property, ecclesiastical equipment, section material/supplies and non-appropriated funds.
What is your educational/professional background?
As for education, I am currently working on a bachelor's degree in accounting and I'm within approximately 24 credits from achieving it.
Describe your passion for the job.
Because I was raised in the Christian faith (Catholic), I was convinced that I needed a position where I can help people. After completing the entrance examination to join the military, it was amazing that one of the offers presented to me was chaplain assistant. Since then, I have been serving faithfully for the past 15 years with great chaplains who make a difference in Soldiers' lives.
As for passion, I love being a chaplain assistant. It gives me the opportunity to assist some of the finest men and women in our ranks and their families.
Where do you call home? Tell us about your family and what you enjoy doing during your spare time.
For now, home is where the Army sends me. I haven't even considered a place to settle when I retire, given the fact that I was born in Haiti, my wife is Canadian and two of my children were born in Canada as well.
My wife, Jolene, and I have three children: Jagger, 13; Jaden, 9; and Jake, 4. We have been married for 14 years.
During my spare time, I enjoy reading, watching soccer and spending time with my children.
How does your job support the Soldier?
Besides my daily routine, I support Soldiers in a variety of ways. For instance, one of the programs that we offer to Soldiers and their families is the Army Strong Bonds. Since I have been with the unit, we've conducted more than three events. Earlier this year, the chaplain and I were at Fort Bliss, Texas, to provide counseling and religious coverage for Joint Contracting Readiness Exercise 2013.
What would you like others to know about you?
The highlight of my life occurs every four years when the World Cup of Soccer takes place.