Name: Sgt. Markus P. Bell, student at the Ground-based Midcourse Defense Operator Course, 100th Missile Defense Brigade (Colorado Army National Guard), U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Age: 30

Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.

Joined the Army: July 2007

Basic Training Location: Fort Sill, Okla.

MOS: 14J -- air defense C41 tactical operations center enhanced operator maintainer

Education: Some college

Marital Status: Married

Children: One daughter

Activities/Hobbies: Sports and grilling

Favorite movie: Kingdom of Heaven

Favorite TV show: Falling Skies

Favorite band: Rage Against the Machine

Favorite thing about the Army: Not having to pick out work outfits

What I've learned being a Soldier: Discipline

What inspires you to be a Soldier: Love of my country