Name: Staff Sgt. Alan J. Soderberg, Joint Tactical Ground Station supervisor, Operations Center, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Age: 30

Hometown: Lansing, Mich.

Joined the Army: October 2003

Basic Training Location: Fort Sill, Okla.

MOS: 14J -- Air defense artillery C4I systems operator/maintainer

Education: Some college

Marital Status: Married

Children: One

Activities/Hobbies: Activities with my son, sports, and video games

Favorite movie: Shawshank Redemption

Favorite TV show: The Office

Favorite band: Linkin Park

Favorite thing about the Army: Camaraderie and being part of a team

What I've learned being a Soldier: What it takes to be an effective leader

What inspires you to be a Soldier: Soldiers -- being in a position to develop and mentor Soldiers to be future Army leaders