My Aunt Kathryn. She’s a lawyer in Louisville now—Kathryn Kennedy Wallace. She went back to college at the age of 40 to get her law degree. She influenced me to go back and finish my degree; I’ll be graduating in May. She was raising a family, too. I had started college, but didn’t finish until I saw her. If she can do it, I can do it. She inspired me.
Sgt. 1st Class Roderick Kennedy
U.S. Army Recruiting Command’s chaplain office
Lula Farmer, mom of eight children, raised her family in Vine Grove, where she still lives. She had a set of twin boys who were in my grade at North Hardin and somebody was always cooking. I spent so much time there, I started calling her Mom and she always welcomed me with open arms. She’s a strong woman who raised her big family while caring for a disabled husband. She’s a wonderful lady of compassion and wisdom. All of her children turned out well—that says a lot about the woman who raised them right.
Fort Knox PAO community relations office
Oprah Winfrey. I went to Tennessee State with Oprah. I didn’t personally know her, but I would see her around campus. I like her perseverance. She keeps going and doesn’t let anybody talk her out of anything. She has a wide support base and she gives back to the community.
Harriet Tubman. She was an abolitionist. She had to also deal with men in her own race, that’s perseverance. She remembered where she came from. She remembered the bondage. I’m sure she was scared, but she had to keep going back. She couldn’t free everybody, but she freed some. She was a Soldier in many ways. She was a fighter.
Sgt. 1st Class Jacquelyn Craig
Army Reserve Careers Division