13th SC(E) Soldier Continuing Family Tradition
Story by Spc. Fabian Ortega
13th SC(E) Public Affairs Office
FORT HOOD, Texas — Pfc. Eddie L. Burks, a map analyst, with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) is following in his father’s footsteps and continuing the family tradition of serving in the Army.
Burks’ father, a 28 year veteran and retired command sergeant major, was his role model growing up and now plans to honor his father’s career by becoming a career Soldier.
“My dad is a retired command sergeant major, my brother is currently serving at Fort Benning and it’s just something I want to keep going,” said Burks of serving in the Army. “It’s a family tradition, I love what I do and I love the Army, period. Hopefully I can become a command sergeant major at some point in my career,” Burks said.
Growing up, Burks lived in Germany, Hawaii, Georgia, North Carolina and Alabama seeing his father progress through the ranks and ultimately achieving the rank of command sergeant major.
Burks said witnessing his father’s career helped mold his way of thinking and it wasn’t before long that Burks began his path to active duty.
Burks enlisted in the active duty Army nearly a year ago, but before deciding to join active duty Burks was a college student who knew that school was not for a young energetic son of a command sergeant major.
“After high school I went to college for a year and then I decided it wasn’t for me at the time and I joined the National Guard,” said Burks.
Burks joined the Alabama National Guard but the tempo of the National Guard was not enough to keep then 23 year-old Burks interested. Burks served two years in the Alabama National Guard before deciding to join active duty.
“Once I realized that the National Guard wasn’t for me, I just crossed over into active duty and that is where I knew I belonged.” “I knew I wanted to make a career of it when I crossed over from National Guard to active duty and I just figured active duty was a way to go, and that’s where I want to spend the rest of my career,” Burks said.
The Army has been everything Burks hoped for, he said.
“It’s what I expected; the Army has changed over the years, for the better I believe,” said Burks. “I like the job that I do, I don’t see a problem with it and I just want to do my job and serve the Army the best way I can,” he said.
Burks said he has a short term and long term goals.
“I hope to have my Masters degree and hopefully I can excel in the enlisted side of the Army because I have a goal of some day being command sergeant major, that’s my long term goal,” Burks said. “My short term goal is to finish up my correspondence courses and complete my associates degree, I’m a few hours away from doing that.”
And about striving for his ultimate goal of becoming a command sergeant major and following in his fathers’ path Burks said, “I know it’s a tough job but I willing to try and fill those shoes.”