Operation Tribute to Freedom

Faces From the Front for February 16, 2009 - Spc. Elayseah Woodard-Hinton

Specialist Elayseah Woodard-Hinton

Current Unit: 20th Public Affairs Detachment
Current Position: Staff Writer and Public Affairs Specialist
Component: Active Army
Current Location: Kuwait
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Years of Service: 1.5

As a staff writer and assistant to the editor for U.S. Army Central's weekly publication, The Desert Voice, Spc. Elayseah Woodard-Hinton is both reporter and historian. With each story she writes and each Soldier she profiles, Woodard-Hinton contributes to the historical record of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each Soldier's account she shares, provides a detailed glimpse for those back home into what individual Soldiers are experiencing and accomplishing day in and day out.

When Woodard-Hinton enlisted in the Army 18 months ago, her decision surprised many of her friends and relatives. She had graduated from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio and was already working in the human relations (HR) field.

With a family legacy of service, Woodard-Hinton had always felt a desire to join the military. Even as she embarked on her career in HR, she continued to feel a pull to serve her country. So at age 24, Woodard-Hinton enlisted and began a new chapter of her life.

Now on her first deployment, Woodard-Hinton finds each day brings a new experience, a new story to enter into the public record. Every task tests a new side of her.

"I have learned that being a Soldier comes first, and that we must often do things outside of our job titles to complete our overall mission," says Woodard-Hinton. "My eyes have been opened to how every single person over here plays an important role."

Her position has allowed her to travel to several different countries to cover stories and gain first-hand understanding of other cultures. She credits the experience with helping her grow as a person, a Soldier and leader. Woodard-Hinton is slated to return home to Columbus in October.

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