Staff Sgt. Hilario Ordonez, 29, is an information technology specialist for 57th Signal Battalion, 11th Signal Brigade. He joined the military in 2007 and is currently deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan.

Favorite thing about the military:

“Being in the military is not always easy.”

Deployments: Twice, to Afghanistan in 2009-2010 and current deployment to Afghanistan.

What inspired you to be a soldier?

“I love serving my country and having pride in my career.”

What’s this deployment been like?

“It’s been good. The experience from this deployment will help me further my career. It’s also introduced me to a lot of new cultures.”

What do you enjoy most about your deployment and the mission you’re supporting?

“I like how we are working alongside the coalition forces. You get to meet many different people from different countries.”

What do you miss most about Fort Hood and your family?

“I miss the food and spending time with my family.”

Contact Sarah Rafique at or (254) 501-7549. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.

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