Spc. Aquinas Maina, a paralegal from the 83rd Civil Affairs Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade received a donated 2012 Chevrolet Impala as part of Caliber Collision’s car give away at Fort Bragg during the fourth of July celebration. Maina submitted his essay and was one of five finalist.

Maina immigrated to the United States in November 2013 where he immediately fell in love with this country.

“I fell in love with the country and I immediately wanted to be a U.S citizen because of the systems and the vast infrastructure of the U.S.A. I realized that if I work really hard, I can be successful here,” he said.

A month after coming to the U.S. Maina wanted to join the Army. He got the idea while he was at a Basic Training graduation ceremony. He took the initial steps to join, and the rest is history.

Later, he would marry his wife in 2016. The process to get her to the U.S wasn’t easy. The young couple only got to see each other twice a year. But after two years, she finally made it here. Unfortunately, the young couple had to leave their 7-year-old daughter behind in Kenya until her paperwork is finalized.

Maina’s wife has since found a temporary job in Sanford which is 30 minutes away. She works from 3 until 11:30 p.m. To get his wife to work, Maine would drop her off during his lunch hour and pick her up at the end of her shift. The couple would go to bed at 1 a.m. every day and Maina would wake up at 5 a.m. to get ready for physical training. They are still a young family and they support both her family and his Family back in Kenya.

Thanks to the team at Caliber Academy of Fayetteville North Carolina, the Mainas and another Soldier were given a vehicle. This mission of Caliber is to not only fix cars but fix lives. The vehicle give away was just one of many opportunities the organization fulfills its mission statement. More poignantly, its students are former Soldiers.

When asked about how important it was to give back, a spokesman for the academy stressed “This was Soldiers giving back to Soldiers,” said Douglas Wilberg, director, technical training, Caliber Collision.