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News | Jan. 1, 2019

January Enlisted Corps Spotlight

By United States Strategic Command Public Affairs

Staff Sgt. Eledys Perez, target analyst with the Plans and Policy Directorate, hails from Deland, Florida, and has 8 years of military service.


Q: How does your job support USSTRATCOM and our missions?


A: I am a part of an incredibly talented team of analysts who hunt targets daily. We find targets that meet the commander’s objectives and guidance and then nominate them for approval onto our command’s targeting lists. Ensuring the validity of these lists is our mission; one that guarantees the security of our nation and our allies.


Q: What do you find most rewarding about your work at USSTRATCOM?


A: I greatly enjoy the opportunity to share my work with general officers and flag officers. Gaining their approval gives me the greatest confidence in my work.


Q: What has been a challenge for you regarding your work at USSTRATCOM and how have you overcome that challenge?


A: The biggest challenge for me has been adapting to the joint culture. Coming from an Air Force only unit, I initially struggled with the different ranks and customs and courtesies unique to each branch of service. After almost four years, I have grown to appreciate the variety each service brings to USSTRATCOM.


Q: What has been your most memorable experience in the military?


A: My most memorable experience in the military has been working with the South Korean military. It was mind-blowing to witness how effectively the U.S. works with its coalition partners.


Q: What is the one piece of information or advice about working at USSTRATCOM that you'd pass on to new members of the USSTRATCOM team?


A: Enjoy the diversity! The fusion of officers, enlisted, and civilians at USSTRATCOM is unprecedented. Each element adds a unique element to the fight and it is incredible to see how well we all work together. Don’t stay in your office, venture out and see all that this command has to offer.