By Pfc. Semaj Johnson
VICENZA, Italy – For one U.S. Army Soldier, a passion for community service and taking chances has been the motivation to serve in the military and achieve milestones in her personal development.
Spc. Sherry Lewis said she joined the Army for an opportunity to better serve her community and pay for college and added that she also wanted to show young women that they can do anything they put their mind to.
“I've always wanted to lead by example,” Lewis said. “I want to inspire and show others that there is always a way to achieve success if you work hard enough.”
Lewis is the first female in her family to serve in the military. The Dinwiddie, Va. native has also earned several degrees, including a Masters in Science-Sports Management from Virginia State University, making her the first female college graduate in her family. In addition, she is a former women's semi-pro tackle football player for the Richmond Black Widows in the Women's Football Alliance.
Lewis is currently serving in Italy on a tour of duty as a Transportation Management Specialist with the 679th Movement Control Team. In her civilian career, she works as a recreation instructor for the city of Richmond Parks and Recreation department. Lewis helps provide after-school care health and wellness events, and is working on a new outreach program for young women in her community.
For Lewis, serving in the military has been a meaningful way to give back to her community, and has provided opportunities in her personal life. She encouraged individuals interested in taking the step to serve to pursue it, and take advantage of the opportunities that the military has to offer.
“Don't be afraid to raise your hand because that leap of faith can take you anywhere,” Lewis said.