FORT SILL, Okla., Oct. 1, 2020 -- Standing 4 feet 10 inches and weighing 100 pounds, Command Sgt. Maj. Dina Pang did not let her small stature stop her from serving her country.She joined the Army at the age of 17 for college money and made it her first goal to not be viewed as someone who “could not” because of her size and gender.“I didn’t want them to think I was slower because I was a female, or I couldn’t ruck because I was a female, or I couldn’t lift as much weight. When you make goals and you’re aiming toward something it’s so much easier to become that person you want to become,” said Pang.Sitting at a conference table, Pang has a no-nonsense way about her that most E-9s possess.Self-assured and sharp, she has a presence. She is the command sergeant major for Reynolds Army Health Clinic, but will soon be leaving for her next assignment.Twenty-five years into her career, Pang said her favorite part of the Army is the Soldiers.“It’s just great that we all have the same purpose, the same values and then you know we’re all here to serve our country. It’s just amazing when you get a group of people with some unified goals and what we can achieve.She joined the Army after the first Gulf War. At that time she was told she would be lucky to retire as a staff sergeant because of the downsizing of the force coupled with a tough promotion point system in the medical field.She didn’t deter, and said it was simply her focus on being an effective leader that moved her through the ranks.“If I come to an organization I look and see where the gaps are and then I set goals for myself and I try to achieve those goals. People want leaders that are very sure of themselves, goal-oriented and then they achieve those goals,” said Pang.She realizes as a female CSM she is an example to other women in the ranks, but she said that is not how leadership works.“When you’re an NCO, you’re an NCO for everybody.”Overcoming her physical hurdle is an example to others who are struggling. She said each goal does not happen instantly. It takes the plan and then the effort that creates the desired results.“I’ll use myself as an example. It’s taken me two years to achieve those standards on the (Army Combat Fitness Test), but when I realized it was a reality, I started making some goals and I started working out and modifying almost my entire way of life. I was able to achieve those goals,” said Pang. “You say ‘I can achieve it’ and then you start working toward it.”