Faces From the Front for January 25, 2010 - Capt. Summer Favors
Current Unit: HHC 16th Engineer Brigade
Current Position: Company Commander
Component: Ohio National Guard
Current Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Years of Service: 10
As the Company Commander of the 16th Engineer Brigade of the Ohio Army National Guard, Capt. Summer Favors is responsible for more than 130 Soldiers providing engineer assets and support to the Army’s operations in Baghdad. A ten-year veteran of the Army, Favors originally enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard at the age of 17 while she was still in high school.
Known for her drive and leadership skills even at such a young age, Favors set her sights on pursuing her career as an engineer for the Army, making her one of a small group of female officers in the Engineer Branch. The only African-American female officer in her brigade, Favors serves a mentor and role model for other young Soldiers in her brigade who have chosen the same path.
Favors arrived at Camp Liberty three months ago, and is proud of the work her Soldiers have accomplished in that time.
"So far my deployment has been enjoyable considering the circumstances," said Favors. "What has surprised me the most is how well our unit and the other U.S. forces, civilian contractors, and Iraqi military are working together. You can really see the positive things that are happening over here."
The 16th Engineer Brigade works very closely with the Iraqi Army and local people to create sustainable change and infrastructure, that will last long after Favors and her Soldiers return home. Favors said she has great hope that the elections in March will continue to build confidence in the Iraqi people to take more control of the country's leadership and infrastructure.
Favors is slated to return home this summer. Her family in Ohio and Georgia all eagerly await her return. A third generation service member, Favors’ grandfather served 30 years in the Air Force and her father served in the Navy.