Name: Army Sgt. First Class Sarita Launie
Duty Title: Massachusetts National Guard Enlisted Branch
Hometown: Marlborough, Mass.
Why I Serve?
My family and I immigrated to the United States in October 1989. When we moved here from Brazil, my parents made sure we learned the language and integrated in this new culture without forgetting our own. My parents instilled in us the importance of giving back to this country, which has provided our family with many opportunities.
Growing-up, I knew I wanted to join the military; I felt it was my way of contributing to the country that had helped my family. I joined the Army National Guard in 2000, after a multiple mobilizations and two deployments for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002 and Operation Iraq Freedom in 2008. Joining the Army National Guard is still the best decision I have ever made.
Best Army memory:
My best Army memory was my mobilization right after Sept. 11, 2001, with the 972 Military Police Co. It was one of the hardest times for our country, but the patriotism, valor and support from my fellow Soldiers and public made me proud to serve.
How does the nominee contribute to your unit’s mission?
Sergeant 1st Class Launie serves as the Enlisted Promotion System manager for the Massachusetts Army National Guard. She contributes to the unit’s mission by processing and tracking Soldiers for promotions.
Launie is a true, genuine Soldier who consistently gives 110 percent on and off duty. She has the utmost respect for her peers and subordinates and is always willing to learn and share her knowledge while ensuring a collaboration of teamwork and respect. She is always happy, smiling, laughing and joking, which brings morale to another level. (Army First Sgt. Michelle Fortune)