Captain Edwin Jimenez
Captain Edwin Jimenez, aide de camp to Brig. Gen. David Hill, commander, Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been in the Army for a little over five years and has worked for the Corps for almost 16 months. Originally from White Plains, N.Y., he graduated with a civil engineering degree in 2010 from the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
As the aide, he is responsible for coordinating engagements for the Commander to include liaison with SWD Districts, the USACE Headquarters staff, Congressional staffers, and other federal agencies.
Jimenez is a first generation Hispanic American. “My parents were both immigrants who left their countries to come to the U.S. in search of a college education and employment opportunities.” His father, one of 13 children is from the Dominican Republic and his mother, one of six children is from Peru.
Both his parents successfully completed college, while learning how to speak English. “I remember my dad telling me stories how he could not participate in extracurricular activities because he had to take extra English classes and work to pay his tuition. I am very proud of both of my parents for having completed this milestone in their lives. This also set the ground work for my sisters and me.”
For Jimenez, being of Hispanic heritage is very important to him. “I have three messages for aspiring Hispanic Americans that were engrained in me by my parents. First, never give up. Many of our parents struggled and sacrificed a lot to come to this country, sometimes leaving their friends and family behind. Make the most of this opportunity that they have given you.
“Second, give back. Be a role model to the younger generation. Lastly, don’t be afraid to lean on others for help. Coming from a big family, we always has plenty of babysitters, our grandparents, aunts and uncles, or older cousins. Each had their own unique stories and provided me with many life lessons and things that I could do to avoid going down the wrong path.
A proud Soldier, Jimenez has some recommendations for those interested in careers with the U.S. Army or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “As this nation’s infrastructure continues to age and our population continues to grow, there will always be a demand for young engineers and leaders to build for tomorrow. All Americans, to include Hispanic Americans, will be responsible for continuing the legacy of this great nation into the future. Let’s energize our nation’s diversity.”