Ironhorse logistician leads with knowledge, heart
July 12, 2013
One Ironhorse Soldier goes the extra mile providing supplies necessary to keep the Army in motion and to care for Soldiers.
Brunswick, Ga. native, Sgt. Amelia Bradley, an automated logistical specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters "Hammer" Troop, of the 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, enlisted in the Army just two days after graduating high school.
Bradley has spent her entire 14 years of service as an automated logistical specialist at multiple duty stations including five deployments to Bosnia, Iraq, Haiti and Kuwait.
Logistics and supply fall under the Quartermaster Corps which offers roughly a dozen military occupational specialties, or jobs.
"If you're not someone who likes to help, has a spirit of hospitality, and likes to serve other people, then (this) might not be (the) MOS for you," Bradley said. "You have to love what you do."
Bradley's friend, Alexandria, La. native, Sgt. Diedra Marien, a unit supply specialist also assigned to Hammer Troop, has worked with Bradley since 2011, believing she is the "total package" Soldier.
"You're still a Soldier 24/7, but there are other challenges (you) have to face outside of this suit," Marien explained, referring to Bradley's commitments after hours.
Marien believes Bradley's balance of single motherhood, school, church work and career is hard work.
Bradley has gone out of her way to take care of Soldiers on multiple occasions, Marien said. On Bradley's off time she has checked on and cared for an injured Soldier after an accident and bought balloons for another Soldier following surgery.
"(Bradley) won't be a forgotten (noncommissioned officer) because people know her to be true to what she does," Marien added. "I believe that she does work hard and it shows."
Marien said Soldiers, including ones from previous units, have looked to Bradley for advice about work or life in general.
Marien believes Bradley's proficiency and knowledge of her job reveals she is passionate about her career.
"Knowledge is power," Marien added. "(Bradley) knows what she's doing."
Marien said when it comes to work, Bradley has a good attitude.
"I like being able to provide help and support to make sure that the overall mission is successful," Bradley explained.
Bradley believes quartermasters are the backbone of the Army because every Soldier needs supplies.
Soldiers deployed or training in the field drive military vehicles and every vehicle needs parts, Bradley explained. Logisticians order the parts ensuring equipment is mission capable at all times.
"We supply (Soldiers) with the necessary equipment to be able to roll out with no problems," Bradley added.
At the end of the day, no mission would be successful without a quartermaster Soldier, Bradley said.
Working in the receiving and storage section at Forward Operating Base Al-Qayyarah West, Iraq in 2005 was Bradley's most memorable time as a logistician. She added that her mission was to receive and ship supplies to nearby installations.
"We (weren't) just affecting just the unit where we were," Bradley explained. "We were pretty much supporting units in the surrounding area as well."
Bradley added that her job plays a large role in affecting the Army as a whole.
"You have to love just knowing that you are a vital, important part to the mission," Bradley concluded. "I've had plenty of opportunities to reenlist and switch over to another MOS but I like being a logistician."