DECEMBER 26, 2005 -- The questions from his superior officer were unusual for Sergeant First Class Jerry Wolford. Did you play with G.I. Joe action figures when you were a child? What if you could be one? Wolford, who used to own about 200 action figures, will now become one.
The 29-year-old from Oakland, Oregon will model for a new line of figures based on the sequel to "America's Army," an online video game released by the Army in 2002 as a recruiting tool. The "America's Army: Real Heroes" sequel allows players to fight as actual decorated soldiers, such as Wolford. The soldiers also will be used to create a line of action figures based on the game.
Wolford, as a member of the Fort Bragg-based 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, received a Silver Star for a firefight in the southern Iraqi town of Samawah.