Jerimey Podwys

Stripes Korea

Name: SGT Jerimey Podwys

Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Battery 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade

Job title: Senior Local Area Network Manager

Job description and its impact on the overall mission: Supervises, plans and integrates the installation, employment and maintenance of signal support systems and automated telecommunications systems. Responsible for user compliance of Cyber Awareness for two Battalions consisting of 12 Batteries covering Osan, Suwon, Daegu and Kunsan. Responsible for Cyber Security of 1,000 user accounts and work stations. Additionally assigned as the battery armorer and Army Body Composition Program supervisor.

Time in the military: 8 years, 2 Months

Time at Osan: 13 Months

DEROS: 5 March, 2016

Family: Sonja Podwys (Spouse), Kara Podwys (15), Tristan Harrison (11), Jannah Podwys (8), Serenity Podwys (6), Savannah Podwys (1)

Hometown: Independence, MO

Hobbies: Bowling, Video Gaming, Camping and Fishing

Why did you join the military? I was going to school and was laid off of my job. I had a family to care for and wasn't getting hired because I lacked the experience that my co-applicants had.

Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years? In 10 years, my kids will be young adults and productive members of society. I will be a senior leader within in Cyber Command. In 20 years, I will retire from the military and enjoy life with my wife living overseas.

What do you do for fun here?  I enjoy family time. We like to go to the bowling alley and to the beach.

What's your favorite Army memory or story?  My favorite memory is being re-united with my family after being deployed to Iraq for 14 months. As soon as we were released from the redeployment ceremony, I remember the tears of joy on my wife's face as she ran to hug me.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?  I'm most proud of the hard work and dedication that it took me to earn the rank that I am wearing. I chose to change my job in the military, I had to bounce back from an injury and all of the hours I spent studying for military and professional development boards all paid off when my wife placed those stripes on my chest.

Who are your role models? My number one role model is my Dad (Step-Father). In the absence of my biological father, my dad entered my life when I was three. He has been married to my mother for 32 years, been at the same job for over 30 years, and he taught me basic computer skills that I have built upon today in the Army. I do not know where I would be at in my life if I did not have him as a role model to look up to.

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