Being an asset to a unit, company, organization, community, or indeed your family is something to aspire to and strive for. U.S. Army Specialist Fadj Mallouhi, a Syrian-born Soldier, is definitely an asset to his unit.

Born in Syria but raised in the United States, Spc. Mallouhi is now using his cultural and language expertise to assist his unit and fellow troops in their deployment to the Middle East.

“Being from Syria helps me in a lot of ways, including bringing diversity in my section, being paid more for knowing another language, and being a valuable asset to my unit as I communicate with locals and translate information,” said Spc. Mallouhi in a press release. “It could save someone’s life and keep people within our unit from being disrespectful to the civilians here.”

U.S. Army Spc. Fadi Mallouhi (Photo by Capt. Travis Mueller)

Mallouhi is a Computer/Detection Systems Repairer assigned to Headquarter Support Company, 628th Aviation Support Battalion, 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade. He and his unit are currently deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the fight against the Islamic State.