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Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

Sgt. Travis L. Glenn

 Age: 29

Current Position: Squad leader

Unit: Distribution Company, 25th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

Current Location: Forward Operating Base Warhorse, Iraq

Hometown: Oviedo, Fla.

Years of Service: Six

Family: Wife, Alicia, and children, Travis, 3, and Tyson, 1

 

A consummate noncommissioned officer understands what it takes to be an Army leader.

 "Being a noncommissioned officer means that I am now a part of an elite group of Soldiers. I am now directly responsible for the teaching, mentoring and safety of not only Soldiers in my direct line of supervision, but across the Army," said Sgt. Travis Glenn, a Distribution Company, 25th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division squad leader.

"While serving as a squad leader, I have influenced the lives and careers of many Soldiers. Some probably will not realize it until later in their careers," Glenn said. "Then there are those Soldiers that you are not reaching; and one day, they come to you and tell you how much they respect you not only as their leader, but as a person."

Glenn, who joined the Army Sept. 24, 2002, is currently serving his first tour in Iraq with the Arctic Wolves.

"The reason why I joined the Army is because I believe that if I am going to live in this great country and enjoy all of its freedoms and liberties, I should be willing to fight for them and to preserve them for future generations," Glenn said.

Some NCOs have been Glenn's role models.

"I look up to Staff Sgt. Jesse Degraftenreed for guidance and mentorship," Glenn said. "He saw something in me that I did not see in myself. He taught me the importance of research and taking on challenges."

A family man, Glenn said he strives most for the happiness of his wife and children.

Glenn's dedication to the Army family extends beyond his Soldiers to their family members.

"I would like for not only my Soldiers, but all Soldiers that I am privileged to serve with to view me as someone who is firm but fair. I would also hope that they would view me as someone they could trust to care for and lead their kids," he said.

 Staff Sgt. Matthew Moore, 25th BSB platoon sergeant, said Glenn is a "be, know, do NCO."

"He is dedicated to his Soldiers and the mission every second of the day. He is my 'go-to' NCO," Moore said. "Taking care of his Soldiers and the mission go hand-in-hand.

"He is always taking the extra step to see that his Soldiers' needs are addressed and taken care of," he continued. "Any mission he is tasked with, he will accomplish it above standard. Nothing is left undone with Sergeant Glenn."

Editor's note: A photo of Sgt. Travis L. Glenn was not available at the time of publication.