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OTF Soldier Story for March 21, 2011 - Spc. Dawn Rogler

Specialist Dawn Rogler

Current Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division
Current Position: Truck Driver
Component: Active Army
Current Location: Fort Bragg, N.C.
Hometown: Columbus, Pa.
Years of Service: 2

As a child, Spc. Dawn Rogler looked forward to the day when she could serve in the military, just like her grandfather. So when she realized that her civilian desk job wasn’t everything she hoped it would be, she decided to enlist in the Army.

“My grandfather always told me stories about the Army when I was growing up,” she said. “I’m proud to be a Soldier because I know I’m helping not only my family, but multiple families by fighting this war overseas so it doesn’t happen on our own land – and that makes me proud.”

Now just two years later, Rogler has embraced her role in the Army and is committed to doing her best to support her comrades.

While deployed to Afghanistan last year as a truck driver with the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, she consistently went beyond the call of duty to ensure that her vehicle was mission-ready, even waking up hours before her fellow Soldiers. After making sure her vehicle, radios and weapons were ready to go, she spent the remainder of her day running delivery loads to infantry units located in remote areas of the country. Transporting some of the most essential necessities to other bases, Rogler was often greeted with enthusiasm.

“When we convoyed to bases where Soldiers were out of supplies like food and water, it was rewarding to see their faces and how happy they were to see us come through the gate,” she said. “The deployment was a great opportunity in the sense that it was a life experience. Most people don’t get the chances I’ve had.”

Even facing challenges during the deployment, Rogler remained focused on the mission at hand and the positive opportunities the Army has provided.

“It had its rough days,” she explained. “But it wasn’t that bad.”

After returning from Afghanistan last August, Rogler married a fellow Soldier.

“We deployed at the same time, so we can relate to the experience of being overseas,” she said. “We understand each other, especially when things at work are tough. We know how to help one another be a better Soldier.”

In the coming weeks, her husband will be transferred to a new unit stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. Although they will be apart much of the time, she knows that their marriage will be strengthened by military service.

Rogler is now stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., where she serves as the driver for the battalion sergeant major.

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