Name: Maj. Michael G. Meskunas, G-2 operations officer, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

Age: 46

Hometown: Plano, Texas

Joined the Army: 1985

Route to Commission: Basic at Fort Knox, Ky.; Green-to-Gold for commission

MOS: 35D -- All source intelligence; 35C -- Surveillance radar repairer

Education: Master's degree from Texas Tech University

Marital Status: Married

Children: Two

Activities/Hobbies: Skiing, golfing, guns, weight lifting

Favorite movie: The Breakfast Club

Favorite TV show: Discovery Channel

Favorite band: Styx

Favorite thing about the Army: We get bad guys

What I've learned being a Soldier: Discipline, honor, duty, leadership, respect, integrity

What inspires you to be a Soldier: I look around the world and see too many bad things happening. Someone has to stand up and do the right thing