2nd BCT ‘Warrior’ sergeant on quest to see the world

| February 11, 2011 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Sumy Guzman, 556th Sig. Co, 225th BSB, 2nd BCT, 25th ID, recreates the famous pose of the late Christopher McCandless during a vacation to the “bus camp” in Denali National Park and Preserve in late 2008. (Courtesy Photo)

Sgt. Sumy Guzman, 556th Sig. Co, 225th BSB, 2nd BCT, 25th ID, recreates the famous pose of the late Christopher McCandless during a vacation to the “bus camp” in Denali National Park and Preserve in late 2008. (Courtesy Photo)

Staff Sgt. Ricardo Branch
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

 

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE WARHORSE, Iraq — Sgt. Sumy Guzman, from the 556th Signal Company, 225th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Bde. Combat Team, “Warriors,” 25th Infantry Division, works in the Base Defense Operations Center, here. Her job is demanding, with long hours spent dealing with incoming fire or any hazard that can impact the Soldiers operating in the base.

Despite it all, she still wears a smile and always has a happy greeting.

“(Guzman’s) my roommate and, for as long as I’ve known her, she’s always been one of the most upbeat sergeants I have ever met,” said Sgt. Veronica Davis, 556th Signal Co., 225th BSB, 2nd BCT. “Even on a tough day, she always wears a smile, which just rubs off on people and brightens their day.”

Since returning to Iraq for her second deployment, Guzman has taken part in a writing contest to bring awareness to serious issues affecting Soldiers, run in numerous races to test her stamina and competed in a weightlifting competition to inspire more women to take part in events that are mostly male dominated.

“If I just get up and go to work every day, I would get bored real quickly,” she said. “I like to do as much as I can to show my support, test myself and have a good time out here!”

Since joining the Army, Sumy has also been on a mission to see the world.

While most Soldiers are planning their trips back to their hometowns, she spends her time online searching for her next big adventure.

“Growing up, I never really got to travel to any far places and really ‘see’ the world, so I make up for that time now,” she said.

In her seven years in the Army, if Guzman is not working, she’s exploring, planning or visiting places on her list, including Thailand, Antarctica and Bora Bora.

“I want more than to just go to the same place all the time,” she said. “I never traveled to the places I always read about in books or saw on TV. Those places are truly different and really allow you to experience a different life than the one most Americans are used to.”

As the days continue on to the eventual moment when the Soldiers of the 2nd BCT return from Iraq, Sumy plans to carry on her goal to see the world.

There’s only one current goal in mind for the aspiring world traveler: Thailand.

“I want to pet a tiger,” she laughs. “Thailand is one of the few places in the world where you can go and pet a real tiger, so it’s where I’ll be for (rest and recuperation) this year.”

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