By Ronald Bailey (SMDC/ARSTRAT)August 29, 2018
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama -- Ladies and Gentlemen, it is U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Workforce Wednesday. Meet U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Trenton Huntsinger, USASMDC/ARSTRAT G-3 Operations noncommissioned officer in charge. We asked him to share a little more about himself.
Originally from Bozeman, Montana, Huntsinger is an air defense artillery NCO specializing in Joint Tactical Ground Station operations and is now assigned to the SMDC Headquarters at Redstone Arsenal.
Q: What is the best part about being a Soldier? A: The best part of being a Soldier is the opportunity to serve our country and support something larger than oneself.
Q: What advice would you give to younger Soldiers to advance their career? A: Adapt and learn your environment. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Always think of a way to add value to your group, unit, organization and Army.
Q: What do you find most interesting about working at a high-level command HQ? A: I enjoy the interaction with all of the civilians and military members that make up this command. We are such an eclectic group with so many different areas of expertise.
Q: At your current assignment you primarily work with DA Civilians and DoD contractors. Has that changed your view of them? A: I have always enjoyed my time working with contractors and DoD civilians. This position has reinforced those feelings. The continuity and knowledge base of these folks is so important to the DoD and SMDC/ARSTRAT specifically.
Q: Who or what motivates you the most in your personal life and military career? A: My wife, daughter, and I consistently work out together. My wife and I were track athletes together in college (Idaho State) and my daughter fortunately has my wife's athletic ability. Those workouts with my family motivate me more than anything, and I'm thankful for them!
Q: What did you do before you to joined the Army? A: Out of college I spent eight years as a college track coach and was actually Runner-up NCAA Coach of the Year in 2007. I then worked as a financial adviser for six years while earning a couple of master's degrees.
Q: What hobby or interest would people be surprised to know you do? A: Gardening; I love flowers. Planting, growing or simply displaying them. I probably shouldn't admit that out loud, but the truth hurts sometimes!
Q: What influenced you to join the Army? A: I was at a point in my life where I was ready to serve my four to six years as I think we should all do one way or another. We tend to complain about our country or our leadership and I think that it is only fair that we pay back more than just taxes. Just my belief, but here I am anyway.