Name: Spc. Michael A. L. Valdez, satellite controller, Company C, 53rd Signal Battalion, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Landstuhl, Germany

Age: 21

Hometown: Killeen, Texas

Joined the Army: June 2007

Basic Training Location: Fort Benning, Ga.

MOS: 25S -- Satellite communications systems operator maintainer

Education: Some college

Marital Status: Married

Children: Two

Activities/Hobbies: Skateboarding, drawing

Favorite movie: Tron Legacy

Favorite TV show: Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Favorite band: Murder By Death

Favorite thing about the Army: Job stability

What I've learned being a Soldier: Discipline

What inspires you to be a Soldier: Freedom for my country