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Fort Carson Mountaineer

Soldier maintains drive to succeed

By Staff Sgt. Inez Hammon | 14th Public Affairs Detachment

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles that will run during March 2020, to commemorate Women’s History Month.

FORT CARSON, Colo. — In a room full of bright lights, tools and generators – one Soldier found her niche.

Sgt. Taylor Ramsey, a power-generation equipment repairer with Headquarters and Support Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, didn’t always know turning wrenches would one day become her passion.

Uncertainty

In March 2014, the new high school graduate was unsure of the path she wanted to take in life.

“College wasn’t an option for me at the time,” she said. “So, I joined the Army.”

Ramsey completed the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), and told her recruiter she wanted to join the Army and leave as soon as possible.

She was in luck because she completed her prerequisites and left for Basic Combat Training (BCT) in November 2014. After completing BCT and Advanced Individual Training, Ramsey jumpstarted her career at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

During her first assignment, Ramsey said she was told to report to the orderly room to manage paperwork. After spending 11 weeks training to repair generators, she didn’t think it was ideal to spend the next 18 months completing paperwork.

“I’m not here to do paperwork, I’m here to turn wrenches,” Ramsey said, assertively as she reflected on her situation at the time.

Persistence

Nevertheless, Ramsey chose to stay the course and found herself training, leading and developing Soldiers.

Ramsey’s indomitable spirit was well-recognized by her leaders.

“The passion emitted from Sgt. Ramsey is insane,” said Staff Sgt. Raymond Romero III, senior auto­motive NCO with HSC, HHBN. “She is a phenomenal NCO and generator repairer.”

When recalling her arrival to Fort Carson in 2019, she instantly became energized. She was ready for the fresh start, but even more eager to train Soldiers.

Ramsey enjoyed helping out her Soldiers with hands-on tasks, she said.

Aside from assisting her Soldiers, Ramsey also attends college, keeps up with her physical fitness on her own time, and supports her husband, who is also tackling work and school.

“The miraculous thing about Sgt. Ramsey is her drive and desire to succeed and push herself in every aspect on and off work,” said Romero. “She has done so well at mastering her positions, as she is with diagnosing a power supply issue.”

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