BALAD RUZ, Iraq, April 19, 2006 - ; Spc. Andrea M. Landi, a mechanic from Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division was intrigued by an Army recruiting TV commercial in her home in Anchorage, Alaska.
"I saw a commercial with people jumping out of airplanes and rappelling out of helicopters," said Landi. "I said that looks like so much fun and if I can do things like that every day, I'm going to join."
Indeed she did. One day while working customer service for U-Haul in Alaska, U.S. Army Recruiter Staff Sgt. George W. Moore, walked in and said, "You look like you want to join the Army," and gave her his card. A few months later, she swore in and was on her way to basic training. While attending basic training she kept hearing a phrase coined by drill sergeants that remains with many soldiers after basic training.
"Drill sergeants always say, "Don't thank me, thank your recruiter,' so I will," said Landi. "I would like to thank my recruiter because he didn't lie to me when I was trying to join the Army."
After basic training, Landi went to advanced individual training to learn how to be a mechanic.
"Being a mechanic was something I was interested in and something I wanted to learn how to do," said Landi. "You learn how to work on vehicles and you also learn how to drive