HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. Army is celebrating a birthday this week: 243 years to be exact.
Soldiers have maintained a presence in the Pacific -- and in Hawaii -- for 120 years.
This week, we'll meet soldiers who view service as more than just wearing a uniform.
Up first: Master Sgt. Nicole Mealing.
Hello, my name is Nicole Mealing. I am a Master Sergeant in the United States Army.
I'm a 25 Uniform which is a Signal Support Systems Specialist. We do all the automations and tactical communications for the brigade.
Well initially, I joined the military because I love to travel, but over the years, I have grown a great passion for the Army and what I do.
I love soldiers. I love mentoring, training, and coaching young soldiers, and I just love giving back.
I am a member of Psi Phi Zeta, Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Our organization is a community-conscious action organization.
We volunteer our team at the Oahu Care Facility. We also partner with The Bella Project, which provides dresses and prom accessories to young girls attending prom that may not be able to afford those items.
As well as wherever we're needed in the community, we'll partner with different organizations to help out the local people of Hawaii.
Today we have the privilege of awarding three scholarships to three recipients in the community.
It's also important that they give back to the community as well. You know, my same passion that I have for being a soldier in the United States Army is the same passion that I have just for people in general.
One doesn't change from the other.