Faith, guidance inspire Goodwin
July 2, 2009
Sgt. 1st Class Marquise Goodwin
Company B, 369th Adjutant General Battalion
Specialty / Job title
42A, human resources specialist /
Advanced Individual Training platoon sergeant
Years in service
Bowling, basketball, enjoying a variety of music
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Sgt. 1st Class Marquise Goodwin is team player. When his unit needed someone to compete in this year's Platoon Sergeant of the Year competition, he readily stepped up -- and won.
Goodwin also saw it as way to hone his skills and ability as an AIT platoon sergeant.
"In my search to become better at the job, I accepted the challenge of this competition," Goodwin said.
During his 10-year military career, Goodwin has served at Fort Bliss, Texas; Camp Casey, Korea; Fort Drum, N.Y.; and as a recruiter at the Columbus (Ohio) Recruiting Battalion. He also deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, from 2003-2004.
Goodwin said his faith, family and military leadership have served as the supports of his military career.
"God and my family have influenced me the most throughout my career. I've been blessed to have been mentored by great leadership and surrounded by people who genuinely love being Soldiers," he said. "They coached and gave me insight on what it takes to become a good man, father and Soldier."
He advises junior enlisted Soldiers to stay true to themselves.
"Keep the faith, stay motivated, do your duty to the best of your ability, and always look for ways to improve yourself," he said.
Goodwin plans to complete his bachelor's degree and work toward becoming a command sergeant major.
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