Mechanic-turned-drill sergeant excels
May 13, 2011
FORT JACKSON, S.C. --
Staff Sgt. Jamie Woods
Company C, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment
Military occupational specialty
91B/Wheeled vehicle mechanic
Years in service
Spending time with family
Keeping hands sanitized and clean, cleaning up messes and personal hygiene all sound incidental when Soldiers are training to fight. But as field sanitation officer for Company C, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, Staff Sgt. Jamie Woods did all that, and more, leading her company to being recognized as having the best field sanitation programs in the brigade.
"I just did my job," Woods said.
Her job, which involved ensuring that proper sanitation procedures were followed, is more than just keeping things clean; it is about keeping Soldiers healthy.
"Once one Soldier gets sick, everybody gets sick," Woods said. "To keep them in the fight, we have to keep them healthy."
Working with Basic Combat Training Soldiers in an infantry battalion is a far cry from Woods's job as an Advanced Individual Training squad leader for an ordnance battalion, but Woods says the transition was not a difficult one.
"As a mechanic, when do we do 11B (infantry) work'," she asked. "(But) Soldier care doesn't change. You always have to pay attention to their well-being."
Woods says that of all the Army Values, the one that stands out most to her is "integrity."
"Integrity sums up everything," she said. "If you don't have integrity to do your job, you won't do it the right way.
"Regardless of what the situation is, you have to have the integrity to do the right thing."
That integrity falls in line to the advice Woods offers to junior Soldiers: "Don't ever do something just to do it," she said. "Always strive to be the best at it. There's always more than just going through the motions of completing your job."