Yuma Proving Ground Soldier spotlight
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Cody Lavalla is currently serving at Yuma Proving Ground for the Airborne Test Force as a shop foreman. He's showing here taking part in the annual Veterans Day parade in Yuma. (U.S. Army photo) (Photo Credit: Ana Henderson) VIEW ORIGINAL

Staff Sgt. Cody Lavalla is currently serving at Yuma Proving Ground for the Airborne Test Force as a shop foreman.

Lavalla is originally from New Mexico and has been serving his country in the U.S. Army since 2006.

His Military Occupational Specialty is a parachute rigger. During his career he’s completed a variety of airborne type training including Military Freefall Jumpmaster, Military Freefall, Air Movement Operations and Airdrop Load Inspector. He’s currently enrolled in college pursing a degree in Operations and Project Management.

His hobbies include, hiking, fishing, and reading, and exploring the desert. He has two children, a 9-year-old son, and 5-year-old daughter.