Faces From the Front for June 28, 2010 - Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Jordan
Current Unit: Headquarters Support Company, 1st Infantry Division
Current Position: Equal Opportunity Advisor
Component: Active Army
Current Location: Basra, Iraq
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Years of Service: 17
When Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Jordan witnessed her twin sister, Sgt. 1st Class (Ret.) Stacy Jordan join the Army over 20 years ago, she never dreamed she would follow the same path. But after her sister served a few years, Tracy realized the Army was the only place for her.
“I wanted to serve my country and I wanted to serve with my twin sister, Stacy,” Tracy explained. “I was very much influenced by my sister when she was in the service. She introduced me to a world of opportunities, the chance to travel and most of all, many purposes and reasons to serve my country.”
Now serving in Basra, Iraq, as an equal opportunity advisor, Tracy is responsible for processing discrimination and sexual harassment complaints and assisting with the investigation and resolution of each case. Tracy also works to evaluate the effectiveness of Army training sessions related to equal opportunity, unlawful discrimination and the prevention of sexual harassment.
“It is up to our team to ensure that everyone in the Army is provided with equal opportunity and fair treatment, without regard to race, color, gender, religion, or national origin,” Tracy explained. “We provide an environment free from unlawful discrimination and offensive behavior.”
“The goal is to create and sustain effective units by eliminating discriminatory behaviors that undermine teamwork, respect and loyalty,” Tracy said.
While deployments are never easy and being away from her family has been tough for Tracy, she realizes why she has made these sacrifices.
“All the little things that I may take for granted in the states mean so much to the people that live in Iraq. It is so important to remember that if I am having a bad day, there is a country of people that never have good days,” Tracy said. “I realize that I am deployed not by chance but by choice and we are here to help people.”
Ultimately, Tracy understands that she and her Soldiers have made a positive impact on the Iraqi people.
“I feel we are making a difference and I will look back one day and say to my nieces and nephews ’Look at what we did for a country that could not do for themselves.’ ”
As the Fourth of July approaches next week, Tracy plans to take a bit of time to observe the holiday and remember the significance which it holds.
“The Fourth of July is the birthday of my wonderful and awesome country, the birth of our independence,” Tracy said.
From there, Tracy will spend the rest of the summer in Iraq and then return home in September. She looks forward to visiting her family in St. Louis once she is back in the U.S.
“It is important that I stay connected to my family because they are my strength when I am weak and they are the best supporters in my life,” Tracy said.