Sgt. Sylvia R. Legree



Why I Stay Army Reserve

“Originally I was searching for employment, couldn’t really find any. So I joined the Army Reserves, originally I was suppose to go AC (Active Duty). I never really been away from home and didn’t know if I wanted to be away from my family. So, I changed my mind and enlisted in the reserves. Here I am 14 years later, one deployment, one tour of AGR, and a DOD Civilian. I am grateful for everything that I have and don’t have.

I am not ready to give up wearing the uniform. I love what I do so much, I decided to do it a 2nd time…”

Sgt. Sylvia R. Legree

I enlisted into the United States Army Reserve on 21 November 1998 as a 42A, Human Resources. Currently assigned to 165th Quartermaster Group located in Fort Belvoir, VA, I am the “Customer Service Clerk” for all the Soldiers who are assigned to my unit. I serve as the key point of contact regarding recruitment and retention for the unit. I resolve pay issues; personnel issues; prepare and monitor requests for promotions, awards, medical appointments, ID Cards. Transfer records, process personnel for separations and retirement.

Being a Citizen Soldiers means the world to me. Didn’t think I would ever be in a position to where I would own the title “Citizen Warrior”. I will do any and everything to uphold this great honor! I love being a Soldier because I feel like I am a resolution to the issues and concerns my fellow Soldier trust me to handle on their behalf. I love having the satisfaction of knowing that I was able to bring closure to a situation that my Soldier(s) trust and confides in me to help resolve.

While assigned to a Postal Unit during Operation Iraqi Freedom; I saw firsthand the effects displayed by our Troops of appreciation after sentiments and packages sent from loved ones stateside. It was made clear to me in my mind that despite how the media reports the way things were going, we were not only supported by our nation, but also loved for our efforts and actions. I will always feel as though I played a valuable role in an event that will always be a part of history. I will forever be proud to be a Warrior Citizen!

I am the Unit Administrator for my current unit of assignment. This occupation works hand in hand with the MOS/Job I hold in the military. There is really no difference from what I do on the civilian side of the house and in the military. I love both sides. I serve as the principal administrator responsible for the performance of a variety of technical, analytical, advisory, liaison and coordinating duties for the United States Army Reserves Unit Commander in accomplishing the overall functions of the unit.

My military medals include: Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserves Component Achievement Medal (3), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserves Medal w/ M Device, Iraq Campaign Medal.

I must confess, I don’t really have many hobbies or activities other than taking care of my daughter. Making sure she has everything she needs, although I do like to shop when my finances ALLOWS me too.


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