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Senior set to ship out for stint in Army

by Jeff Munson, Tribune city editor

Name: Darlene Terminel

Birthdate: Dec. 22, 1984. I’m 18 years old.

Family: My parents are Fernando and Katie Terminel. I have two brothers, Robert and Fernando, and two sisters, Carmen and Renee.

How long have you lived at the lake? I was born and raised here in Tahoe.

What school do you go to and what grade are you in? I go to South Tahoe High School where I am a senior.

Where do you work? Time Out Health Spa and Fitness.

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We understand you have enlisted in the military. Which branch and when do you leave? I enlisted in the Army. I will leave for basic training on July 29.

Why did you enlist? I enlisted for the experience. I want to do something with my life and I want to be able to say that I’ve been there and done that to things that most people haven’t experienced. Most people live life with their safety gear on and that’s OK, but I’m going to get some good use out of mine.

What area or field would you like to pursue in the Army? I always get a weird look when I tell others what job I chose to do in the Army, but bare with me while I explain it. I chose to be a veterinarian food inspector. No, I don’t check pet food, but I will inspect animals that are going to be hilled for their mean and I will inspect meat that is going to be cooked for food. This is so our troops won’t be eating beef that had Mad Cow disease.

What do your parents think of you enlisting? At first my dad thought it was a little funny because he has a hard time getting me to make my bed at home. He doesn’t think a drill sergeant can get me to do it either. Now my dad is very proud of me and he said he will be even more proud if I make it through basic training. My mom hoped for a while that I would change my mind. I’m the youngest in the family and it’s hard to see her baby ship off to the Army. My mom is still trying hard to let me go, but she’s very proud of me.

How about your friends? How did they take the news? They were all a little upset. We had plans of being roommates and going to college together. I think as it came time for them to decide what they wanted to do after high school, it became apparent that even if I didn’t joint the Army, a life as roommates would not have been possible.

What does patriotism mean to you? Patriotism to me is someone who prays for our country. Not to win a war, but to make good decisions. I feel that prayer supports our country more than a bumper sticker with the American flag.

Are you fearful about going to war in countries like Iran or North Korea? Not at all. Not right now. Perhaps if the day comes when I’m told I’m going to be in the midst of war I’ll have different feelings.

How did you feel knowing that our troops managed to change the Iraqi regime so quickly without many casualties? Were you surprised and did you think it would take longer? I don’t exactly know what it takes to change a regime without many causalities and I didn’t know whether the time it took to do it was quick or time consuming, but I am very happy that it is done.

Who do you admire the most and why do you admire this person? My dad because he’s been through so much. He’s had his really tough times and he always make it out with a smile on his face. As long as he doesn’t lose sight of God, he’ll always have a smile on his face. I also really admire my mom for being with my father every step of the way. They pray together. My dad says that you never see a marriage fail if the couple prays together. I admire them both for caring about each other that much.

What is your favorite music group? Television Show? My favorite music group is Nickelback and my favorite TV show is “Spongebob Squarepants.”

Who would you be if you could be anyone for a day? If I could be anyone for a day I would be Saddam Hussein. The reason is so I could turn myself in and surrender my weapons of mass destruction. I would whip out my blueprints to my underground world for the United States to check out. Afterward, I would apologize for what a terrible leader I’ve been.

Do you know someone who should be featured in 15 Minutes? E-mail jmunson@tahoedailytribune.com

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