Specialist Rob Fox knows what it’s like to be busy. A Soldier in the California Army National Guard and firefighter with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, Fox is "always on the clock." But he loves both jobs and wouldn’t want it any other way. "It’s tough dividing my time between the fire department, the Guard and my family," says Fox, who is a husband and father. "It’s a feeling of constantly being needed, but it’s gratifying." Fox always knew he wasn’t destined to work at an office job. Inspired by his volunteer firefighter father, he looked into firefighting after his move to San Diego, in the late 1990s. Accepted to the fire academy, he graduated near the top of his class. Looking back on his 10-year career, during which he has fought thousands of fires, Fox says his decision to be a firefighter gets especially reaffirmed when he helps kids. "Any situation that involves children reminds me that I made the right choice." But Fox felt like he could offer even more, so he enlisted in the National Guard. "One of my proudest days as a Soldier is when I raised my hand and took the oath to defend my country." Fox breezed through training and welcomed the challenge of being a Soldier. When he reported back for duty at Fire Station 11 after 17 weeks of Guard training, his fellow firefighters were proud of him. "Quite a few guys I work with are Guard and Reserve; they understood the challenge I had accepted." Contemplating the training it took to work in two different service careers, Fox feels like a better person. "I’ve learned how to work in a team, and take personal responsibility and pride in what you are doing."