Name: Staff Sgt. Oscar Hernandez, platoon sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 53rd Signal Battalion, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Age: 37

Hometown: Anahuac, Texas

Joined the Army: June 1994

Basic Training Location: Fort Jackson, S.C.

MOS: 25S - satellite communications systems operator maintainer

Education: 61 credit hours at Evergreen College

Marital Status: Married

Children: Four

Activities/Hobbies: Founder of non-profit basketball organization, Empire Basketball Club, and play and coach basketball

Favorite movie: The Shawshank Redemption

Favorite TV show: Game of Thrones

Favorite band: Queen

Favorite thing about the Army: The opportunity to interact with someone new daily

What I've learned being a Soldier: Being a Soldier means having a willingness to leave behind the familiar in order to do what needs to be done. Not being afraid to do something that you are uncomfortable with.

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