☷From military child to Soldier the Delgado legacy continues
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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( From left to right ) Army Materiel Command ' s senior enlisted leader , Command Sgt . Alberto Delgado , his wife Vanessa , his daughter Aizah join Pvt . Zahn Delgado during his Basic Combat Training graduation . ( Courtesy ) Army Materiel Command’s senior enlisted leader has had a career full of major accomplishments , but it is his family he is most proud of . “I think the greatest compliment a person could give you is that you have great kids , ” said AMC Command Sgt . Maj . Alberto Delgado . Delgado held standards of respect and discipline , where the last thing his kids would want to hear is , “I’m disappointed . ” “I think there was so much love in the house , ” he said . “I always tell them , ‘family is the most important thing in the world . ’” For military children , family is one of the only constants in their lives . Across the Department of Defense , there are more than 1 . 6 million military children who experience a childhood marked with change . Delgado’s four kids – Shaina , Kobe , Zahn and Aizah – are a part of this unique population . “I think the most resilient kids in the world are military kids , based on lifestyles and the things they have to deal with growing up , ” said Delgado . “They can adjust to almost any situation . ” This constant change includes multiple moves , deployments and time spent apart . But growing up , Delgado’s son , Pvt . Zahn Delgado , saw the challenges and rewards that come with service . “I have always wanted to go back to the military type of lifestyle , ” Pvt . Delgado said . “It has always been a huge option in the back of my mind , seeing what it did for my father . ” Pvt . Delgado recently graduated from Basic Combat Training , and said he felt that being a military child prepared him for this step . “It gets you in the mindset of already being ready for anything that comes at you , ” he said . Pvt . Delgado is now in Advanced Individual Training , learning the critical skills he will need as a cyber operations specialist . He sees the cyber field as an opportunity to serve his country . “Service is an amazing opportunity for anybody , ” he said . “It’s what you put into it . And what you put into it , you will get out of it . ” The 1st Battalion , 13th Infantry Regiment , 193rd Infantry Brigade at Fort Jackson , South Carolina , hosted a graduation ceremony for more than 600 Soldiers on Feb . 3 . AMC ' s Command Sgt . Maj . Alberto Delgado was the keynote speaker . U . S . Army Photo by Alexandra Shea . Command Sgt . Maj . Delgado is overjoyed by his decision to serve , and even more with his specialty . “It’s the future , ” he said . “It makes me really proud , not only that he’s continuing our legacy of service , but he is in a field where he will make a difference . ” With pride in each of his kids and their accomplishments , Command Sgt . Maj . Delgado commends their service . “Month of the Military Child is so important because it gives us the opportunity to give back to our kids , because they sacrifice as much as we do , ” Command Sgt . Maj . Delgado said . “I think the older they get , they will look back and appreciate that they were a military child , when they see what is going on in the world and know that their parents are a part of making it better . ” Because Soldiers are often away from extended family , other Army families fill offer a network of support . “Military kids are their family , ” Command Sgt . Maj . Delgado said . “You don’t have cousins , aunts and uncles nearby because you move . We have to depend on our military peers , and the kids are the same way . ” That support can be particularly important when a parent is deployed . Command Sgt . Maj . Delgado deployed five times in his career . He estimates that translates into three years of lost time with his kids – missing events , important games and other life milestones . When he was back home , he volunteered to coach his kids’ sports teams like baseball , soccer and basketball . “It was lost time spent back with them , and I felt like I owed them so much , ” he said . “Without our Army spouses and children , our Soldiers would not be successful . ” Pvt . Delgado , who moved more than 10 times before he graduated high school , said that while moving was challenging it opened him up to new perspectives and ways of life . “I got to go a lot of places other people didn’t get to go , ” Pvt . Delgado said . “It was constant change , but for the better because you learn to adapt . ”
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