Name: Command Sgt. Maj. Russ A. Hamilton, command sergeant major, 100th Missile Defense Brigade, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Age: 43

Hometown: Longmont, Colo.

Joined the Army: July 1986

Basic Training Location: Fort Knox, Ky.

MOS: 19K -- armor; 14G -- air defense artillery

Education: Pursuing a bachelor's degree in homeland security; associate degree in general studies; graduated from the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy

Marital Status: Married

Children: Two

Activities/Hobbies: Football, working on classic cars

Favorite movie: Patton (what else would an armor cavalry watch?), Blackhawk Down, and just for fun, Pirates of the Caribbean

Favorite TV show: NCIS and Sports Center

Favorite band: Pick a heavy metal "hair band" from the 80s and I probably listen to them!!!

Favorite thing about the Army: The brotherhood and camaraderie of being a Soldier

What I've learned being a Soldier: Perseverance, resiliency when facing life's challenges

What inspires you to be a Soldier: Serving a cause that is greater than my personal needs