The/Studio: Introduce yourself. Tell our readers a little bit about who you are!
Randall: I am First Sergeant (1SG) Barker of Charlie Company 2-16 Infantry out of Fort Riley Kansas, serving in Kenya
The/Studio: First of all thank you for your service. Tell us about your division.
Randall: We are a Infantry Rifle Company of 110 Soldiers. We are Company C of 2-16 Infantry Battalion, 1St Infantry Division which also has A, B, D, F and Headquarters Company. The rest of the Battalion is in Djibouti, our Company is in Kenya. We have been here since June and leave in February.
The/Studio: What have you learned since joining the military?
Randall: HAHA Too much to list
The/Studio: HAHA… Good answer! What are you most proud of?
Randall: All of the outstanding training we conducted in preparation of our deployment.
The/Studio: You have a lot you can be proud of! You protect our country and our freedom! What are some of the greatest challenges you face?
Randall: Due to the draw down in the size of the Army, our unit is deactivating. We have to prepare the entire unit to transfer to other posts.
The/Studio: Where do you see your division in 10 years?
Randall: HAHAHA Gone.
The/Studio: I am sorry, that wasn’t a good question hahaha. What type of legacy do you want to leave?
Randall: Developed junior leaders with the right leadership attributes to succeed and excel in other units.
The/Studio: That’s wonderful! What is the story behind the custom patch that you produced with The/Studio?
Randall: Every Rifle Company has a shield, crest, symbol etc. Ours was a Spartan shield, with a Spartan Helmet in the center with two crossed spears behind. Since being in Kenya, we modified it to a African shield with a baboon skull in the center and two crossed African spears behind. We inserted it on the 1st Infantry Division patch.
The/Studio: That sounds like an awesome design! How are you going to use these custom patches?
Randall: Give them out to the Soldiers in the Company for a parting gift.
The/Studio: That’s very thoughtful!
Thank you Randall for sharing your story with us and most importantly for serving our country. We respect and honor your division.