Name: Lt. Col. Brian T. Soldon, deputy commander, U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll/Reagan Test Site (CONUS); director, Kwajalein Support Directorate; director, RTS Space Operations; U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Huntsville, Ala.

Age: 41

Hometown: Remsenburg, N.Y.

Joined the Army: May 1993

Route to Commission: U.S. Military Academy at West Point 1989-1993

MOS: 35D -- military intelligence; FA40 -- space operations

Education: Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering and physics from West Point; Master of Science in space operations from the Naval Postgraduate School; Master of Business Arts from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

Marital Status: Married

Children: Two boys

Activities/Hobbies: Mountain biking, golf, hiking

Favorite movie: Contact

Favorite TV show: Big Bang Theory

Favorite band: Nickelback

Favorite thing about the Army: The discipline and always something new (at least every two-three years)

What I've learned being a Soldier: Being a good Soldier is like being a good doctor -- others always come first; selfish people need not apply

What inspires you to be a Soldier: Everyone has their own motivational factors and mine are simple. I've always wanted to serve my country, and I've always looking up to police/firefighters/military/medical professionals. To become a professional in one of these fields gives me a great sense of satisfaction and self worth. When in combat or preparing for it (which as Soldiers we all must do), my motivational or inspirational factors are primarily the children. I always view situations through the lens of making things better, not just for our children and future generations -- but when deployed in foreign places, especially war torn regions, it is the children who suffer most. They are the one in need of our help, and these are the ones for which I'm willing to fight the hardest.