Name: 1st Lt. Marlon A. Colon, executive officer, E Company, 53rd Signal Battalion, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Okinawa, Japan

Age: 25

Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C.

Joined the Army: May 2011

Route to Commission: ROTC Simultaneous Member Program

MOS: 25A -- signal officer

Education: Bachelor of Arts in history

Marital Status: Married

Children: None

Activities/Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends; soccer

Favorite movie: To Hell and Back

Favorite TV show: The Amazing Race

Favorite band: Linkin Park

Favorite thing about the Army: My favorite thing about being in the Army is getting the opportunity to be around professionals 24/7

What I've learned being a Soldier: One thing that I've learned as a Soldier is that there is "more than one way to skin a cat"

What inspires you to be a Soldier: Being able to shape the future leaders of America is a huge inspiration for me