Transportation specialist displays selfless service
April 30, 2009
<b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </B>
Putting the welfare of the nation, the Army and your subordinates before your own is selfless service and one of the Army's core values.
This describes Spc. Gizelle Doria, 416th Transportation Company, 260th Quartermaster Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade. She was concerned about the number of Soldiers in her unit being convicted for driving under the influence, so she took it upon herself to have more than 200 key chains made for every Soldier and leader in her unit.
"I like helping people," said Spc. Doria. "I always said that I should have joined the Peace Corps."
"It caught us all off guard," said Capt. Terrence McGee, commander of the 416th Trans. Co. "She just showed up one day with the key chains and (made sure) that each and every Soldier has one. It's an outstanding (example of) selfless service that she gave from the bottom of her heart."
The key chains, which display the telephone numbers of three local cab companies, are a reminder not to drive under the influence.
"I thought a key chain would be a good idea," said Spc. Doria. "When people go out drinking, you always have your keys on you. If not, then you're not getting into your house."
The cost of the key chains, which came out of her own pocket, was approximately $190.
"As a command, we try to not let Soldiers pay out of pocket for things," Capt. McGee said. "When we offered to reimburse her, she quickly refused the offer and told the unit not to worry about it. She was just looking out for her fellow Soldiers in her unit."
Other members of the command were equally impressed with the selfless service Spc. Doria demonstrated.
"I think it's a great program," said Sgt. Refugio Medina, 416th Trans. Co. "She could have sat back and did nothing, but she decided to make a difference."
Specialist Doria, who joined the Army in 2004, is set to leave the Army in August of this year.
"[The program is] great, particularly in her case, because she is set to ETS," said Capt. Steven Taylor, executive officer for the 416th Trans. Co. "She could have just written it off and said it wasn't her problem, but she realized that she is leaving friends here, and wanted to do something positive in the time that she had left here."
It doesn't take rank to be a leader, said Capt. McGee.
"Leadership is exemplified in your actions," said Capt. McGee. "Anyone can be a leader, from the lowest level private to President Obama."