By U.S. ArmyDecember 5, 2012
Sgt. Maj. Samuel D. McCray is the U.S. Army Contracting Command's G-3 Operations Division sergeant major. Previously, he served with the 65th Medical Brigade in Yongsan, Korea.
Describe your current position:
I serve as the enlisted advisor on all matters concerning training, plans and operations for the ACC.
Describe your passion for the job:
The passion I have for my job as a Soldier and leader is found in a quote by Joseph Campbell - "Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures." I have served in the military for more than 30 years, and it's not because of the great pay. The Army changed me in so many positive ways. Before I joined the military, I didn't give much thought about people outside of my immediate family, shyness ruled my life, and I didn't do very well in school. Now, I go out of my way to speak to people and help others. I'm still shy, but no one can tell. Well -- everyone that reads this article will know now. The confidence I gained in the military has put me where I don't let my shyness interfere in the things I need or want to do in life. And a college degree is something I never thought I would get. Now, I have a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, and I'm working towards a master's degree. This passion I have for the military will always remain strong in me. I especially enjoyed my years as a company first sergeant where I was able to directly work alongside our Soldiers. This is also why I plan on becoming a Junior ROTC instructor when I retire next year. It will be another opportunity to help influence and mentor our next generation of military leaders.
Where do you call home? Tell us about your family and what you enjoy doing during your spare time.
I call Pensacola, Fla., home and my wife, Cynthia, and I have been married 24 years. Our son, Bryant, is a freshman at Alabama A & M University and our daughter, Amber, is a freshman at Columbia High School. Off duty, I love spending time with my family, playing sports and fishing. My wife's favorite family-time event is the family listening to her talk. She just loves to talk!