• Spc. Jeremiah "Super Rob" Robinson, a systems administrator 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, shows off his weapon. Robinson is a big music buff. He can play the piano, trumpet and French horn, and he also produces his own "beats." "

    Spc. Jeremiah "Super Rob" Robinson, a systems...

    Spc. Jeremiah "Super Rob" Robinson, a systems administrator 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, shows off his weapon. Robinson is a big music buff. He can play the piano, trumpet and French horn, and he...

  • Kissimmee, Fla. native Spc. Frank Parker, a motor transport operator for Troop D, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, strikes a pose while at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Although Parker took a nearly 15 year break from the Army, he now plans on serving until he is eligible for retirement. "

    Kissimmee, Fla. native Spc. Frank Parker, a...

    Kissimmee, Fla. native Spc. Frank Parker, a motor transport operator for Troop D, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, strikes a pose while at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Although Parker took a nearly 15 year...

  • Ironton, Mo.native Spc. Christopher Litteken, an air conditioner mechanic for Delta Forward Support Troop, 4-9 CAV. cleans his weapon while sitting in his living quarters at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. In the future, Litteken hopes to finish working on his house and to send his wife back to school. He is also looking forward to spending time with his children again."

    Ironton, Mo.native Spc. Christopher Litteken...

    Ironton, Mo.native Spc. Christopher Litteken, an air conditioner mechanic for Delta Forward Support Troop, 4-9 CAV. cleans his weapon while sitting in his living quarters at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. In the future, Litteken hopes to finish working on his...

CAMP BEUHRING, Kuwait - Why do Soldiers serve'

It's a question that has been repeated for generations. Until relatively recent, a majority of Soldiers had to serve because they were drafted. However, in the modern Army, all Soldiers join because they choose to.

Three of the Soldiers of 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division gave their reasoning, and some of these reasons might sound familiar.

"My dad and grandfather served," said Ironton, Mo. native Spc. Christopher Litteken, an air conditioner mechanic for Company D, Forward Support Company, 4th Sqdrn., 9th Cav. Regt. "My grandfather fought in World War II and my father was in Vietnam; It feels good to take up where they left off."

This was also true for Kissimmee, Fla. native Spc. Frank Parker, a motor transport operator for Co. D, 4th Sqdrn., 9th Cav. Regt., who had three uncles and a father who all served in the Army.

"One of my uncles had the same job I do now, and that helped lead me to it," said Parker.

This isn't Parker's first stint in the Army though. He originally joined in the early 1990's and took part in the initial action during Desert Storm with a cavalry regiment out of Germany. He left the Army shortly afterward and took a nearly 15-year break-in-service.

Parker said his decision to come back to the Army was a simple one.

"I wanted a change of pace," explained Parker. "It was an adventure."

For these Soldiers, there were more reasons than just these.

"I joined the Army to travel and set a foundation for life," said Pompano Beach, Fla. native Spc. Jeremiah "Super Rob" Robinson, a systems administrator for 4th Sqdrn., 9th Cav. Regt. "I've got a lot of certificates and experience in the job. I've grown a lot being deployed, as a Soldier, and a leader, and a team player."

Finally, the most resounding answer heard was that these Soldiers take pride in what they do.

"There is a sense of pride when people ask where their daddy is," said Litteken. "You get to stand up for your country."

And for Parker, a sense of pride comes from the togetherness and the camaraderie he finds in the Army. "People work together so closely and strive to complete the mission," said Parker. "It is almost like a family."

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