Faith, guidance inspire Goodwin
Sgt. 1st Class Marquise Goodwin, Company B, 369th Adjutant General Battalion, is Fort Jackson's 2009 Platoon Sergeant of the Year. Goodwin said the achievement serves as "a testament to all the hardworking Cadre and Soldiers of the 369th AG Bn. I just wanted to represent for the team." Goodwin added that he is, "honored for the opportunity, grateful for the victory and blessed to be a Soldier." In addition to taking a written test and appearing before a formal board review, Goodwin competed in a series of weapons, warrior and battle tasks.

Rank, name
Sgt. 1st Class Marquise Goodwin

Unit
Company B, 369th Adjutant General Battalion

Military Occupational
Specialty / Job title
42A, human resources specialist /
Advanced Individual Training platoon sergeant

Years in service
10 years

Family
Two daughters

Highest education
Some college

Hobbies
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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