Name: Capt. Darin C. Lindon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Age: 38

Hometown: Stillwater, Okla.

Joined the Army: February 1999

Route to Commission: Basic Training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and Officer Candidate School after five years enlisted service

MOS: FA-40 -- space officer

Education: Bachelor's degree in mathematics

Marital Status: Married

Children: Two boys

Activities/Hobbies: Being a father

Favorite Scientist: Nikola Tesla

Favorite Book: 12th Planet, Chariots of the Gods

Favorite band: Toby Mac

Favorite thing about the Army: Defending our country

What I've learned being a Soldier: How much typical Americans (including myself) take for granted

What inspires you to be a Soldier: Being a Soldier has improved me as a person, and I expect it will continue to do so.