Operation Tribute to Freedom

Faces From the Front for July 20, 2009 - Spc. Christina Hines

Specialist Christina Hines

Current Unit: Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad
Current Position: Automated Logistical Specialist
Component: Active Army
Current Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Hometown: Sebastian, Fla.
Years of Service: 2

Spc. Christina Hines has always known she wanted to fly. A native of Sebastian, Fla., Hines grew up dreaming of the day she would become a pilot. But the road to earning her pilot's license is an expensive one, and Hines could not afford the cost on her own working as an emergency medical technician (EMT).

After spending five years working as an EMT, Hines enlisted in the Army with the hopes of combining her dreams of becoming a helicopter pilot and continuing her work in the medical field. Her ultimate goal is to become a medical evacuation pilot.

"I joined the Army to serve my country and work towards achieving my goal," she said. "Although the lifestyle is difficult with deployments, the Army has taught me leadership skills and made me a better person."

An automated logistical specialist assigned to the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, Hines is currently serving her first deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In her work, Hines establishes and maintains stock records for vehicle equipment to ensure all the vehicles in her battalion are received to keep Soldiers on the road and on mission.

"I have an important job and I'm helping out in a big way," she said. "We all have our missions in order to make sure our battalion is combat ready."

While in Iraq, Hines took the first official step to fulfilling her dream by submitting her packet for acceptance into the warrant officer candidate program in order to become a pilot. Hines comes from a long line of military service. Her grandfather served as a U.S. Marine, and her parents met while serving together in the U.S. Air Force.

Hines takes great pride in being a Paratrooper. When she enlisted in the Army, she wanted to do something no one else in her family had ever done. She said she figured if she was joining the military she should go all the way and that jumping out of airplanes was the way to do it. Hines jokes she has all the bragging rights during family get-togethers back home.

During her spare time in Iraq, Hines enjoys going to the gym and continuing her career progression by taking professional development courses. Hines is also a follower of the stock market.

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