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Feb 23 2024

Behind the Uniform - Meet Spanish Infantry Sergeant Roberto

Meet Infantry Sergeant Roberto from the Spanish Armed Forces. We asked him questions about who he is, his military career and what he will be doing during exercise Brilliant Jump 2024.

1.  How long have you been in the military? Why did you join?

I have been in the army for 17 years. I joined because ever since I was a child I liked the military world and I watched a lot of military stuff, especially on TV. As I got older, my brother joined the army and I was attracted to what he did, things like the uniform, everything, I liked it all. And that's why I also decided, when I came of age, to join the Army.

2.  What is the best part of being in the military?

For me the best thing about being in the military is sharing time with the person who works with you, right? Learning from them. We are like a big family in the end. We spend a lot of time together and that's what I like most about sharing those moments with the people I work with all the time. For me, the best thing about being on a NATO mission is sharing the work with other militaries so we can all bond together.

3.  Have you deployed before, either on a NATO exercise or other mission?

With NATO, this is my third one, but I've also belonged to other organisations, like the European Union, which I went on mission with. With NATO I have been to Afghanistan and I went to Mali with the European Union.

4.  What is your job in the military and what will you be doing during this exercise?

I am a tank commander. The job of a tank commander is to choose where the tank moves and the actions the tank is going to take. Whether it's when it's time to fire or when it's time to make a manoeuvre, the tank commander is the one who decides those kinds of things.

5.  How do you feel about participating in exercise Brilliant Jump, part of the Steadfast Defender exercise series?

This exercise is very interesting to me both as an experience and to be able to exercise with other armies, to share our procedures and see the capabilities that each NATO army has, especially when it comes to conducting manoeuvres. Very interesting, personally, for me.

6.  What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies?

In my spare time I go hiking and mountain biking. I also like big game hunting, hunting wild boar and motorcycles.

Story by NATO Media Information Centre


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