For the Public: Justin Thompson, Lake Wildwood |

For the Public: Justin Thompson, Lake Wildwood

My name: Staff Sgt. Justin Thompson.

Where I work: U.S. Army Recruiting Station, Grass Valley.

My job title: Station Commander.

What I do in my job: I run an office of two recruiters and we are involved with the recruiting effort for the U.S. Army.

Why my job is important to the public: We defend a country and recruiting young men and women allows us to be assured the freedoms we do have, and the lives we live as Americans, stay that way.

The special skills and talents I bring to my job: I am a people person. I love to talk to people and I love to help people.

The best part of my job: The satisfaction of putting a young man or woman in, and knowing the service will help them be successful in life in whatever they do.

A day at work I’ll always remember was … : Probably the day that 9/11 happened. I was in Roseville at the recruiting station and I probably had 20 retirees come in and try and get back into the service.

How I got my job: You are selected, they take the best and the brightest and send them out here.

How long I’ve been working here: Two and a half years.

My dream job would be: To be an army aviator – helicopter pilot. I got selected to do this recently and leave in a month and a half.

My family: I just got married three months ago. She is a local girl and the rest of my family is in Las Vegas and Washington. We have three dogs and a turtle.

My hobbies: Boating, snowboarding, running.

When I was a kid: I was really into mountain biking, hiking, and climbing when I was younger.

My dream vacation: Going to the Galapagos Islands, just to see the interesting animals.

If a movie were made of my life, I would be played by: Josh Hartnett.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My old boss, Brandon Majerus, because of the inspiration and his leadership qualities.

My hero: My grandpa. He was a real solid person and was in the Korean War. If I could pick who I want to be, it would be him.

The best book I’ve read lately: “Seize the Night,” by Dean Koontz.

I like living in Nevada County because: I grew up in the desert, so: green, trees, rain, and chance of snow.


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