By Rachel Griffith (USASMDC/ARSTRAT)March 23, 2011
Name: Erik Shaw, unit administrator, 3rd Space Company, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Shaw is also a staff sergeant in the Army Reserves attached to the 3rd Space Company)
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Penn.
Years of federal service: 10 years (seven months as a civilian with the command)
Education: Associate degree in computer network administration
Marital status: Married
Children: One girl
Activities/hobbies: Aviation studies, military history, veteran advocacy
Favorite movie: N/A
Favorite TV show: Anything on the History channel
Favorite band: U2 and Metallica
Favorite thing about working for the Army: Helping our Soldiers
What made you want to work for the Army: I wanted to continue to help and advise Army Reserve Soldiers on how to navigate a complex system and create an environment of success at the 3rd Space Company.
Because of Shaw's time as a Soldier, he wanted to answer some Army specific questions:
Rank: Staff sergeant
Favorite thing about the Army: Every day is a new day and the challenges are complex, but the feeling of accomplishment of the mission is like nothing else in the civilian world.
What I've learned being a Soldier: That nothing is out of the question, and anything can and will happen.
What inspires you to be a Soldier: Veterans of the past who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The brotherhood with World War II, Korea and Vietnam vets is a special thing that I am proud to be a part of as a combat veteran myself. I just want to make those guys and my family proud.