By Staff Sgt. David OversonFebruary 23, 2018
HOHENFELS, Germany (Feb, 23, 2018) -- Sgt. Isabel Giron is the consummate, professional, modern-day Soldier doing what she does best … helping other Soldiers.
Giron, a human resources specialist at Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC), is responsible for providing support that affects Soldiers' overall welfare and well-being while assisting leaders with keeping Soldiers combat-ready and effective.
Giron enlisted in the Army in 2013 from her hometown of Oklahoma City, Okla., shortly after graduating from high school.
"I wanted to be part of something bigger," said Giron. "In high school I had a best friend who had enlisted in the Army, and he always told me how great it was. So when I had the opportunity, I took it; and I'm so glad I did."
Giron is no different than many young Soldiers in a sense, at the age of 19, she experienced a combat zone firsthand during a deployment to Afghanistan in 2014 while assigned to (now inactivated) 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.
"Deploying to Afghanistan was quite the experience," said Giron. "It was a great learning experience. I definitely got to learn more about my job and I learned a lot about my fellow Soldiers."
Now enjoying her time assigned to JMRC, at Hohenfels Training Area, nestled in the heart of the Bavarian countryside, 23-year-old Giron appreciates everything the Army continues to provide.
"The best thing I like about the Army is traveling," added Giron. "The Army will take you anywhere. Wherever you go, you will always find someone who you used to work with. Though large, the Army is a small world."
Now that Giron has approximately five years under her belt performing her duties, she has earned the respect and admiration of her coworkers.
"Sgt. Giron is a rock-star Soldier and a fantastic noncommissioned officer," said Staff Sgt. Keith Thomas, a human resources specialist who works with Giron daily. "She's literally my go-to after I've exhausted all of my other resources. She's also the go-to NCO for many of the Soldiers throughout JMRC and 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment."
As is with many Soldiers, the life can be challenging and difficult at times, but she always reminds herself why she continues serving - her family.
"My family has always been my motivation, and will continue to be," Giron added. "I do this for them. When I feel like giving up, or I am having a hard day, I always think to myself 'you are making them proud, they are looking up to you.'"
Whether Giron remains in the Army earning a full 20-year retirement or not, remains to be seen. Nevertheless, her work exemplifies everything the Army stands for and her exceptional performance is recognized by all.
"Sgt. Giron truly exhibits and lives the NCO Creed," added Thomas. "When I hear 'No one is more professional than I...,' Sgt. Giron is who comes to mind. It's been a personal pleasure to have served with her."
When not in uniform, you may see Giron hiking, drawing or longboarding, and though she is the first person in her family to serve in the military, one thing is certain, she's as Army as they come.
"The Army is a great organization," said Giron. "You get to serve your country and meet a lot of great people, and see a lot of new places."