Name: Mark C. Jones, information technology analyst, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

Age: 63

Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.

Years of federal service: Two years (was with the command for three years as a contractor)

Education: Bachelor of Science in management data systems from Syracuse University

Marital status: Widower

Children: None

Activities/hobbies: Compete on a pool team, reading, and cooking

Favorite movie: Star Wars

Favorite TV show: Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, NCIS, Family Guy

Favorite band: Campbell Brothers

Favorite thing about working for the Army: Doing my small part toward the defense of the nation

What made you want to work for the Army: I started as a contractor and was glad to be offered a position as a civilian employee