Spc. Sokuntea Say is a movement specialist with the 597th Transportation Brigade's 841st Transportation Battalion at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. Say, who's been with the 841st since July 2015, originally joined the Army National Guard in 1998 as a supply specialist.
Q: Where were you born, and where did you grow up?
A: I was born in Bangkok, Thailand, and I was raised in Danbury, Connecticut. I was there from Kindergarten through high school - got my diploma there. My junior year I signed up with the Army National Guard.
Q: When you were young, what did you want to do when you grew up?
A: I was very fascinated with technology and computers. That's what I was going to school for.
Q: What inspired you to join the Army and pursue a career in the Army?
A: My first enlistment I joined because I was looking for ways to go to school. Because that was my only reason, I wasn't as focused as I should have been. In 2013, when I came back (in to the Army), I became very spiritual. It was a calling. I just followed what I felt and here I am now. I love my job. I love what I do. I do this because I feel this is my purpose -- to do my job the best I can. I've always felt my work should reflect my beliefs.
Q: What are your goals moving forward?
A: I'd like to get promoted. I'm not sure if I want to stay on the enlisted side or become an officer. I'm considering a lot of possibilities, but a promotion is definitely something I'm looking for. I'd like to have more input into operations.
Q: What is your favorite song or artist that if you were alone, you might get caught singling along?
A: Every phase I had growing up, I was listening to a different genre. Today, I probably listen to more pop music, something uplifting. I listen to a lot of Christian music. I find it very inspirational. It also calms me down when I'm on the road.
Q: What hobbies do you enjoy when you are not at work?
A: I like gaming. I did a lot of World of Warcraft -- just to kill time.
Q: What's something that other people might know about you?
A: I'm a gym freak. I go to the gym a lot. That's one thing people might not know. I don't look like a bodybuilder, but I like to go. It helps with the stress of the day and turns it into something productive.
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