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Nija Holmes Was Nominated By The My Black Colorado Community To Be Featured


Featured Nominee

Nija Holmes

Active | 4 years in the Army


Interview Questions


What branch, Rank, and how many years of service have you served?

 I am active duty Army. My rank is a specialist and I currently served four years and seven months in the Army.

What do you do in the service?

I am a 91 bravo which is a wheeled vehicle mechanic. I have been trained to do all the mechanic portions on a vehicle such as changing the oil, replacing tires or any part that has been broken.  I’ve gained the skills to make an old truck new again. There are not many females in my career field so doing this job makes me feel very capable of doing any task I am presented with.

What area of your life has the military helped you grow most in?

 I would say discipline. It’s helped me become more organized and timely in my daily life. Also having such a diverse group of people around me every day. Seeing all the different perspectives and take on life has definitely helped me grow. It’s nice to meet people from different states and different cultures.

 What is your perspective of patriotism?

My love, my devotion for being a United States Army soldier. Being a part of something much bigger than me has helped me grow in so many ways.  I hope that I can give the Army 20 years one day.

What are things that people should consider before they decide to serve their country?

Understanding that you need to be a good listener, be able to follow directions, and have good time management skills. Also knowing you will be required to take responsibility for important things and tasks.

Featuring 63 Black Military Members in Colorado (Active & Veterans)

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