Specialist Tafoya joined the military at age 35 to fulfill his lifelong goal of being in the United States Army. His father and brothers are all Army as well. Tafoya works full time with Sandia Labs, well his wife stays home to support the growth of their children. Specialist Tafoya is in the Rio Rancho 642nd Company. At the time of the build, he had not yet deployed, but was on the volunteer list to go with the 920th to do the Afghanistan Tour, but it was recalled they used the Air Force.