The Official Publication of Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion
DEC/JAN 2009-10 Vol 1, Issue 3
CTC PaYS SIGNING
Building Strong Partnerships
STAND PROUD. STAND UNITED. STAND ARMY STRONG
CONTENTS DEC/JAN 2009 - 10 Vol 1, Issue 3
3 LEADERSHIP CORNER
4 BATTALION NEWS 8
Lt. Col. Stephen B. Lockridge
8 COLD STEEL FAMILY 5
Command Sgt. Major 9 COMPANY CORNER
Command Sgt. Maj.
Reginald K. Washington 12 ARMY NEWS
Chief of Advertising &
Public Affairs Specialists,
Angela D. Walter 12 9
The Battalion Newsletter is authorized by
AR360-1 for members of the U.S. Army. Con-
tents of this publication are not necessarily the Harrisburg Battalion Vision
official views, or endorsement by the U.S. Gov- Harrisburg Battalion is committed to deliver excellence from
ernment, Department of Defense, Department recruiting with integrity and providing quality service members as the strength of our
of the Army, or the U.S. Army Recruiting Com- all-volunteer Army. We strive to consistently achieve mission and inspire Americans to
mand. proudly serve within the profession of arms in support of their Nation.
The Newsletter is published bi-monthly by the
Advertising and Public Affairs (A&PA) Office, U.S. Harrisburg Battalion Mission
Recruiting Battalion - Harrisburg. With integrity and selfless service, the Harrisburg Recruiting
Battalion provides strength to the Army, cares for the Soldiers, civilians, and families and
Please mail or e-mai submissions and develops community support for the
A&PA U.S. Army Recruiting military.
Battalion - Harrisburg,
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E-mail: email@example.com 1st Brigade Mission
Victory Brigade prospects, processes, and sustains future soldiers to achieve its FY10 pre-
The Newsletter is currently distributed electron-
ically and will be sent to everyone on the bat-
cision mission requirements within the DA quality marks and resources allocated while
talion distribution list and to those who request simultaneously expanding both its market and number of partners; executes specified
a copy. training and Command initiatives though discipline and adhering to standards in accor-
dance with Army Values and Ethos all the while ensuring the quality of life of its Soldiers,
Deadline submissions for Feb/Mar. Civilians, and Family members.
edition is Mar. 15.
nEW yEar, nEW vision
TRANSFORM THE Steel Battalion FROM GOOD TO GREAT
H appy New Year! What a fantas-
tic time to be part of a unit rich “Good is the enemy of great. That is why we have so little that
in history and accomplishments. As becomes great. Everyone would like to be the best, but most
proud members of the Steel Battal- organizations lack the discipline to figure out with egoless
ion, we have always known our niche, clarity what they can be the best at and the will to do what-
enlisting high quality recruits within ever it takes to turn that potential into reality.”
USAREC, and our proud organization ~ Jim Collins
has maintained excellence in recruit-
ing despite many changes along the
way. Throughout its brief history, the battalion has repeatedly met the challenges of reorganization, and
Lt. Col. Stephen B. Lockridge
this recent undertaking of Pinnacle Transformation (team recruiting) will be no different. However, our Battalion Commander
challenge during this upcoming change is to reject the status quo and make the battalion better while
transforming. Therefore, as we embark upon Pinnacle Transformation within Harrisburg Company and
eventually the rest of the battalion by fiscal year 2011, it is imperative that each person within the organization exercises discipline within their
daily lives as well as at the workplace. In order to improve the organization, we must raise standards, find innovative ways to recruit, deliber-
ately execute performance oriented training, and continue to take care of Soldiers, Families, and civilians.
Command Sgt. Maj. Washington and I are committed to teamwork and winning every day. More importantly, we trust in your abilities as
leaders and care about you and your family. As we strive to recruit toward our potential during these changing times, I ask each of you (Sol-
dier and civilians) to accept the personal challenge of becoming a more disciplined recruiter (maintaining school folders, achieving contacts,
and conducting daily After Action Reports to list a few), civilian, and leader in your craft. To make the leap from good to great depends upon
individual improvement one person at a time along with dedicated teamwork, effective leadership, and a shared commitment to excellence.
Thanks for your service and all you do, Army Strong!
“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motiva- sign that you are not com-
tion determines how much you are willing to do. Your mitted to excellence.
attitude determines how well you do it.”
~ Lou Holtz • “Do you care about me?”
- A recruiter which is
F or many years Lou Holtz has been considered among the greatest
speaking legends in America today. He speaks on overcoming seem-
ingly impossible challenges by setting your own goals and working to
honest and committed to
excellence must still pass
the empathy test. Do you
achieve them. He has built a reputation as a motivator, a demanding see people as means to an
disciplinarian and someone who relishes challenges and hard work. end? Do you treat people
Lou Holtz advises that players of any team ask the following three with dignity and respect or
questions to evaluate your leadership: do you lord it over those
under your leadership? If
• “Can I trust you? - Can you trust the person or company to always you try to cover your mis-
do the right thing because it is the right thing? Are they worth their takes, pretend they didn’t Command Sgt. Maj. Reginald K. Washington
word or will they change their word to accomplish their goal regard- happen or, worse yet, blame Battalion Command Sgt. Major
less of the character consequences. Is their reputation more impor- them on someone else, you
tant than their character or is their character more important than can forget about building trust for a long, long time.
These questions display the wisdom of Lou Holtz’s many years in
• Are you committed to excellence? - People want to play on a win- building successful cultures and teams. Ask these questions of others
ning team, and most realize that it takes hard work and sacrifice and ask these questions of yourself. Are you trustworthy? Are you
to achieve victory. Football players suit up to practice in the 100- committed to excellence? Do you care for the people on your team? If
degree temperatures of August, not because they like it, but because you can answer positively to all three—you are on your way to uncom-
they know it is a necessary component of attaining excellence. A mon success in today’s world. If you cannot, then let today be the day
person who is honest and truthful is not enough when partnering to change! Your team deserves your personal best.
for success. To achieve success in life or in recruiting there must be
an unceasing desire for continuous improvement to achieve excel- Assignment: Look at any great teams or poor teams you have
lence in all that is done. If you are committed to excellence you will been associated with. How did you answer Lou’s three questions
get results. To have the same or poorer results year after year is a with both groups of teams?
DEC/JAN 2009 -10 • 3
SIGNIFICANT EVENTS On the Cover
Building strong partnerships
CG’s Four Pilars: Teamwork, Quality of Life, Army Values, and Standards
FEBRUARY - African American History Month
1 MEV Clearfield Technical - 1E4
U.S. Army And CTC FinAlize PArTnerShiP
2 MEV Punxautawney HS - 1E4
6-14 Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show - 1E3
10 COI Function - PSSA Event - 1E3
11 New Recruiter Board
14 Valentine’s Day
12-15 President’s Day Weekend
17-19 MEV – Army Rrograms event at University
of Pittsburgh - Greensburg Campus - 1E1
18 Pinnacle Equipment Training - 1E3
20 2010 NIKE Regional Combine - UPMC
Sports Performance Center- 1E5
Left to Right: Brig. Gen. Arnold N. Gordon-Bray, Mr. Edward Sheehan, Lt. Colonel Stephen B.
22-24 ICI - Carlisle Company
Lockridge, Mr. Michael True, and Maj. Gen. Donald Campbell
24-26 ICI - State College Company
Story and photo by Staci Cretu
26-27 RPC - Hagerstown MD Chief, A&PA
MARCH - Women’s History Month
New Recruiter Board
C oncurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) hosted a signing
ceremony on 18 December 2009 at its Environmental Technology
Facility in Johnstown, PA to formalize its commitment to the Army
Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program. The event included an
17 Saint Patrick’s Day
official signing of the agreement between representatives of U.S. Army
17 ConAP Workshop - Robert Morris Recruiting Command (USAREC), U.S. Army Cadet Command, and CTC.
University Maj. Gen. Donald Campbell Jr., Commanding General, United States
Army Recruiting Command, along with Brig. Gen. Arnold N. Gordon-Bray,
26 Hershey BEARS table exhibit - 1E3
Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Cadet Command
APRIL - Month of the Military Child (accepting on behalf of Maj. Gen. Arthur M. Bartell, Commanding
General, United States Army Cadet Command), participated in the
ceremony. CTC employees that participated were Mr. Edward J. Sheehan
4 Hershey BEARS table exhibit - 1E3 Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Michael True, Manager,
9 New Recruiter Board Force Protection Programs.
Maj. Gen. Campbell thanked CTC “for its commitment to participate
19 Armed Forces Day - Orange County in the PaYS Program.” Maj. Gen. Campbell added, “This program is a
Chopper - 1E2 vital recruiting tool to provide citizen Soldiers and those transitioning
from active duty to corporate America. PaYS links Soldiers to friendly
12-16 Strength In Action Zone - School Blitz - 1E3
partners that benefit from the values and skills developed through
23-24 Penn State Blue/White Game - 1E7 military training and service. The PaYS Program and our PaYS partners
will continue to make our nation strong and our Army Strong.”
The PaYS Program is a recruiting initiative developed by USAREC to
appeal to young veterans interested in obtaining a quality civilian job
after serving in the Army. This unique program is part of the Army’s effort
to partner with the business community and re-connect America with
the Army. The Program also assists ROTC cadets with employment after
graduation and commissioning as they continue to serve as officers in
the Army Reserve or Army National Guard.
CTC is an independent, nonprofit, applied scientific research and
development professional services organization providing innovative
management and technology-based solutions to government and
industry. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, CTC’s primary purpose
and programs are to undertake applied scientific research and
development activities that serve the public interest.
By Staci Cretu
O ur Community Salutes of Pittsburgh is a
i Cretu, A&PA
program to publicly recognize graduating
high school seniors who "answered the call" hav-
ing made a voluntary commitment to enlist in the United States Military (all services/components) upon
graduation from high school.
Photo by Stac
This program is a combined effort of the military and civilian communities to show appreciation for
and to honor those soon-to-be high school graduates (public and private schools) who have chosen a
path of service to their Nation. Our Community Salutes of Pittsburgh will recognize graduates in various
community activities throughout the week of May 2, 2010. The week kicks off with participation in the
Pittsburgh Marathon on May 2nd followed by an On-Field Swearing-in Ceremony at PNC Park on May 4th,
during the nationally televised Pittsburgh Pirates/Chicago Cubs baseball game. Capt. Ryan M. Greenawalt
A recognition ceremony will be held at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall on May 6th to honor and Battalion Operations Officer
recognize new enlistees as well as ROTC cadets. The program will be funded by donations from a variety
of “stakeholders,” including private citizens, community-based non-profit organizations, veterans groups, Q: Where did you grow up?
local business, education, etc. Honorees will include graduating enlistees (and their parent(s)/guardian)
representing all services/components (i.e. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard,
both active and reserve components). Also during the program, one high school guidance counselor I was born and raised in Harrisburg, PA
will be recognized with the presentation of the “Colin Powell Leadership Award,” commending that indi- (Chamber Hill area). I attended and graduated
vidual’s commitment to mentoring and supporting young adults desiring to serve our nation. from Central Dauphin East High School in
the marriage of events marketing Q: What’s your background?
and the ARMY
I graduated from the United States Military
Academy in 2003 and was commissioned as
an Aviation branch officer. In 2004 I completed
flight school and Officer Basic Course (OBC) at
Ft. Rucker, Ala. My first assignment was with
the 4th ID Aviation Brigade in Ft. Hood, Texas.
By Staci Cretu
I served in the Assault Helicopter Battalion as
a flight platoon leader, aviation maintenance
platoon leader, and assistant S3. In 2006 I
I n a new partnership creating an Army Strong
Brand Ambassador internship program,
McCann Erickson on behalf of the U.S. Army
Army Recruiters to generate interest in the
Army and create brand awareness at 5-10
pre-existing events like Greek life parties,
deployed with the 4ID Aviation Brigade to Taji,
Iraq. Upon completion of the deployment, I
attended the Aviation Officer Captain’s Career
Recruiting Battalion-Harrisburg and UD on organization meetings, tailgate events
Course (CCC). My next assignment after the
Campus announced that they will jointly and even taking five minutes to make an
CCC was a National Police Transition Team
provide eight Brand Ambassador internships announcement before class in a huge lecture
(NPTT), tasked with teaching, coaching, and
during the spring and fall semesters at select hall per semester and networking activities
mentoring Iraqi Security Forces. My team and
colleges. This 10 week internship program for these interns.
I conducted a 90 day training course in Ft. Riley,
will be awarded to college undergraduates Interns will gain hands-on experience
Kan. and then deployed to Baghdad/Al Kut,
at the following Universities: Slippery Rock, in a wide range of marketing and event
Iraq for 12 months. After redeploying from
LaRoche, California, Carnegie Mellon, Penn management including marketing, audience
the Transition Team assignment, I reported
State Fayette, Lehigh University, Kutztown development, public relations, social
to the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion as the
University and Harrisburg Community College networking, and educational outreach.
Operations Officer - S3.
– Lancaster Campus. Together, the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion
The Army Strong Brand Ambassador and UD on Campus seek to introduce college
Q: What has been your most memorable
Internship program will assist in educating students to potential career opportunities
moment working with the U.S. Army?
college students about U.S. Army programs with the U.S. Army and help develop future
through their peers, while gathering contact leaders in the community.
Having the opportunity to lead Soldiers in a
information of interested students, and
identifying Centers of Influence (COI) at each Visit us on Facebook: https://www.
University. Ambassadors will work with local facebook.com/armystrongambassador
DEC/JAN 2009 - 10 • 5
athletes are part of a team.
the army is like no other team.
By Staci Cretu
L ike the Army, football and wrestling provide young by an Army Recruiter. In addition, the Army Iron Man/Wrestler of
TEAMWORK is key to continued success.
Americans with training and experiences that strengthen the Year will receive a championship-quality ring from Jostens,
them mentally, emotionally and physically. Athletes and Soldiers Inc. or Trophy presented at a local assembly or pep-rally.
share common Army Strong values - Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Component 3: Army Rivalry Event. As with the Army Iron
Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage – all Man/Wrestler of the year competition; the Army Rivalry Event
qualities that can be applied on the field/mat as well as in the will be an integrated marketing campaign designed to engage
classroom. The Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion is committed student-athletes, their peers, parents, and coaches during the
to helping young Americans develop the skills and values they high school football season. The Rivalry Event will be mirrored
will need to succeed in life. High school sports, like the Army, after the college game day experience throughout the football
help strengthen the skills needed to be leaders on and off the season. Each game will further enhance the local Recruiting
playing field/mat which is why the Battalion has partnered with NCO’s relationship with the schools, including administrator,
TSF Radio Network to produce the 2010 ARMY STRONG TOUR. teacher and student interaction- before, during and after
The ARMY STRONG TOUR is designed to facilitate the the game. Game day events include: continental breakfast &
battalion’s engagement with student-athletes, their peers, afternoon snacks in faculty lounge at the host school and display
parents, and coaches during the 2010/2011 school year. area at the football game with activities to engage students and
The campaign will consist of a five-prong effort to engage, participants.
collectively, the 350 or more schools in the recruiting territory, Component 4: Coach of the Year. Just as you need your team
while specifically targeting the top 14 priority, must-win, and to succeed on the playing field, you need another team to help
hard to reach schools with a college game day experience. you succeed off of it. Coaches play an important role in student
Component 1: PA Passing League. The 2010 ARMY STRONG athletes’ lives as mentors. The “Coach of the Year” competition
TOUR will begin in the Spring/Summer of 2010 with the formation will honor these mentors, soliciting nominations from the
of a PA Passing League. Passing leagues are very popular with community for the coach of the year honor. Fans will vote on
high school football players. The games are played throughout the “Coach of the Week”, with all weekly winners automatically
the summer as players prepare for the upcoming season. The qualifying for the Army STRONG “Coach of the Year” honor. The
game is essentially flag football, featuring 7-on-7 on a shortened “Coach of the Year” will receive a plaque and a $500 donation to
field that features football “skill” positions of quarterback, wide their school’s athletic department.
receiver, running back, and defensive back. Athletes are part of a team. The Army is like no other team.
Component 2: Student Athlete Recognition. The Army Iron The 2010 ARMY STRONG TOUR will build upon both high school
Man (football) and Wrestler of the Year Competitions will honor athletic teams and the Army team to develop relationships and
the best two-way high school football/wrestling players in the camaraderie found nowhere else.
battalion’s territory. Each week, fans have the opportunity to
vote online for the Army Iron Man/Wrestler of the week. The Visit www.facebook.com/armystrongtour for all the latest
weekly winner will receive a certificate and tee-shirt presented updates on the tour.
EDUCATION is key
On-Line h igh schools and enlistment eligiBility
By Mark Mazarella
Education Services Specialist (ESS)
R ecently, I’ve fielded several questions about enlistment eligibility
for students attending, or graduated from, on-line high schools.
This is not surprising, since on-line education is becoming both more
The recruiter may contact the Battalion ESS
for confirmation. In the absence of the ESS,
the recruiter can visit the on-line program’s website to determine if the
popular and acceptable among both parents and students. There are program is a charter school program, alternative program offered by
several reasons for this, including parental concerns over school safety, the local public school district, or a private school that is accredited by
increased awareness of different individual learning styles, social and DETC or one of the six regional accrediting agencies. If the program
behavioral adjustment issues, as well as a practical matter of commut- does not meet one of the above criteria, it is classified as Tier 3 and as
ing long distances to and from school in many areas of the country. such unacceptable for enlistment eligibility purposes.
Unlike college on-line programs, at the secondary (high school) level There are two final notes regarding on-line secondary schooling.
there are restrictions in terms of enlistment eligibility. For this reason First, on-line schooling does not equal “home schooling.” For enlist-
on-line schooling remains a current topic with recruiters and educa- ment eligibility purposes, home schooling has its own set of criteria
tion services specialists throughout USAREC. which must be met. This includes requiring that the parent is the pri-
There are hundreds, if not thousands of on-line high schools in the mary teacher; that the parent has officially registered his/her child as
U.S.—some recognized for enlistment, and some are not. Recognized a home schooled student with the local public school district (state-
programs include on-line (or cyber) charter schools (charter schools ment required from school district); that the home school transcript
are public schools), on-line programs offered by traditional public reflects all classes, grades and credits completed; and that the student
schools, or private on-line schools that are accredited by the Distance has been home-schooled for at least the previous nine months prior
Education and Training Council, or one of the six regional accrediting to processing for enlistment. On the second point, it would be un-
agencies (we are in the Middle States accrediting body region). Aside ethical for a recruiter to encourage a student enrolled in a recognized
from whether or not a program is recognized for enlistment purposes, on-line program to disenroll from that program and enroll in a “Tier 1
there are two other factors recruiters must understand about on-line producing program” in order to enlist with a Tier 1 credential. While
secondary (high school) education: first, on-line programs that are the recruiter can make the individual (and/or parent) aware of the dif-
recognized will always be classified as Tier 2; and second, the student ference, it would be inappropriate for the recruiter to coach, suggest,
must have completed the program to be eligible to enlist. or recommend that the individual change programs in order to enlist
When encountering a prospect with an on-line credential (or is as a Tier 1 applicant.
currently enrolled in an on-line program), the recruiter should first de- As always, when in doubt about on-line schooling, or any educa-
termine if the program is recognized by DoD for enlistment eligibility. tion eligibility matter, it is best to check with the Battalion ESS.
calling all scholar / athletes and Jrotc cadets
award programs for high school students
By Sonya Sanocki
Public Affairs Specialist
style medallion. Recruiters should contact the guidance counselor at each of
T he U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award program kicked off
January 1, 2010 when letters and nomination forms were sent to all high
schools in the battalion area.
their schools to confirm participation in this valuable program. Selection forms
must be returned to Battalion Advertising and Public Affairs (A&PA) no later
than May 30.
An award presented to the top male and female in your recruiting area “Since its inception in 1981, the Army Reserve has believed that young
who are both outstanding scholars and athletes, can do you a great deal to people should strive for excellence in all areas of their lives and the Scholar/
assist you in your high school recruiting efforts. The U.S. Army Reserve National Athlete Award Program is our way of recognizing and rewarding selected high
Scholar/Athlete Award shows students the Army is concerned about their school students who are doing just that…excelling in the classroom and on the
accomplishments. When presented at the end of the school graduation and athletic field,” stated Lt. Col. Stephen Lockridge, battalion commander.
awards activities, it gives the Army visibility and causes other students and COI’s The Army Reserve has presented the National Scholar/Athlete Award to
to notice the Army and they often look into some of the benefits the Army students at more than 12,000 schools annually. JROTC cadets at schools with
offers. The objective of the Scholar/Athlete Award Program is to recognize an Active Army JROTC program are also eligible to participate in the award
and honor student achievers; junior and seniors who have demonstrated program. The criteria for cadets is slightly different. Only one cadet may be
outstanding achievements in varsity or intramural sports while maintaining at selected for the award in a school year. The cadet must be in his second year
least a B average are eligible. of a three- year program or the third year of a four-year program; be in the
The Scholars and athletes are selected by their high school administrators top 25 percent of his academic class; demonstrate leadership; participate in
to include guidance counselors, principal and athletic directors. The award extracurricular activities; possess an understanding of JROTC training; and have
includes a certificate signed by the Chief of the Army Reserve and an Olympic- not received the award previously.
DEC/JAN 2009 - 10 • 7
THE “COLD STEEL” FAMILY
m aking h ealthy r esolutions
OUALITY OF LIFE. Families are as important as the annual recruiting mission.
By Randy Readshaw
MilitaryOneSource Can Help
Soldier & Family Assistance Program Manager
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AnnuAl Left: Clarion Company
posed for a photo after
being presented with the
Top Company Award
ConferenCe decemBer 18-20, 2009
Story and photos by Bill Irwin
Public Affairs Specialist
T he Harrisburg Battalion’s Annual Training Conference
is always a memorable event, and this year’s was no
different. Held at the only hotel in Pittsburgh
with riverfront views the event was classic. TOP
Whether it was the activities, the snow or the PERFORMERS Above: Lt. Col. Stephen B. Lockridge along with Command Sgt. Maj.
celebrities it appeared there was something
Reginald Washington , Mr. Randy Readshaw, and Mr. Dave Park-
for everyone. er presented Ms. Amanda Bavuso and Ms. Sabrina Sandovalr
Traditionally ATC’s are meant to be a place the Volunteer of the Year Awards.
for yearly mandated training for recruiters,
however it also provides a place for Soldiers
to unwind and spend time with their Families.
The awards banquet is waited for all year to While everyone contributed to this year’s mission success,
honor the outstanding work performed by everyone and to special congratulations are extended to;
recognize the top performers.
This year the ATC had some highlights that were not to TOP USAR RECRUITER TOP RA RECRUITER
be missed. The USAREC Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Staff Sgt. Seth Moore Sgt. 1st Class Aubrey Russell
Donald Campbell stopped by to take part in a PaYS signing
TOP USAR PRODUCTION cOMPANY TOP RA PRODUCTION cOMPANY
conducted at Concurrent Technologies Corp. in Johnstown,
Pa. and to meet with battalion spouses prior to his
departure. TOP OPSC TOP LPSC
Friday night during the company awards, there were Cranberry RS Butler RS
rumored sightings of the legendary rock band KISS and that
intrepid band of super heroes The X- Men. TOP CIVILIAN STAFF TOP NEW RECRUITER
Special guests at the banquet included Pittsburgh Pirate Devin Howard Sgt. Carly Williams
baseball legend Dave Parker, the Honorable Bill Kortz, Pa.
House Representative, and U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador TOP GUIDANCE COUNSELOR TOP NCO
Fred Fair. Joseph H. Albrecht III Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Pinkney
TOP COMPANY TOP SECTION
LEADERSHIP AWARD SAFETY AWARD
Sgt. 1st Class Scott Cassidy Harrisburg Company
Right: Recruiters from the VOLUNTEER SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Hanover, Red Lion, and York Amanda Bavuso
recruiting stations posed as
legendary rock band KISS
DEC/JAN 2009 - 10 • 9
This Just In... S oldier
T ied to Family
Photo by Christopher Weddle
Congradulations Tradi ion
By Nick Malawskey
Staff Sgt. Nathan Good just had a baby. Centre Daily Times
Trent Patrick Good - 8lb 8oz 21 in Long PINE GROVE MILLS — One year, two months and
Born Jan. 7, 2010 18 days ago, Army Spc. Steven Gibson tied a yellow
ribbon around the maple tree in his parents’ front
Farewell yard in Pine Grove Mills. Steven Gibson cuts a yellow ribbon that
Then the 19-year-old went off to war, serving he tied to a tree at his home, before he left
Linda Barlow - Battalion Secretary a year in Iraq with the 643rd Vertical Engineer to serve in Iraq for one year, on Tuesday,
Sonya Sanocki - Public Affairs Specialist Company. December 22, 2009.
On Tuesday afternoon, he returned home to a sun set at their Pine Grove Mills home.
local visits family — and a yellow ribbon — waiting.
The ribbon is a symbol in the family — each
His father said it was good to see his son return,
good to continue the family tradition and to take
man who serves overseas ties his own ribbon. The down the ribbon that waited.
ribbon then awaits the serviceman, to be untied Then his mother handed Gibson a pair of
only by his hand when he returns. scissors, and the ribbon was removed from the tree
Gibson’s great-grandfather started the tradition — another Gibson had returned home.
when he served in World War II. A ribbon waited “You worry when he’s over there,” said Helene
while his uncle served in Vietnam and later, his Gibson. “You don’t know what he’s doing.”
father in Desert Storm and again when he returned A welcome-home party for friends and
to Iraq. neighbors was scheduled for Tuesday night. The
Station Commander Staff Sgt. Shawn Doland, far left and Delayed in Detroit and bumped from his flight, rest of his holiday break, she said, is family time.
Staff Sgt. Robert McCaulley, meet with Congressman Bill Gibson was given a seat by another passenger so “He’s home safe, he’s home sound,” said Steven’s
Shuster, front right, and District Director Jim Frank, dur- he could arrive home to see his family. father, Sgt. Brian Gibson. “And, especially around
ing a recent “meet and greet,” at the Bedford Recruiting Surrounded by his parents, his sister and a few this time of the year, I can’t think of anything better
Station. friends, the family held a short ceremony as the to get.”
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comBine comes to pittsBurgh to see their strengths and weaknesses. They also have a chance to see other
elite players in their class, which gives them an idea of where they stand.
Athletes participating in the 2010 Nike Football Combine will:
By Sonya Sanocki
Public Affairs Specialist • Receive free access and testing at either turf/indoor or grass/outdoor
T he 2010 Nike Football Regional Combine will be held in Pittsburgh at the
UPMC Sports Performance Center, Feb. 20.
The Combine is a national tour, developed to extend the U.S. All-American
• Be measured by height and weight, and photographed.
• Receive a supervised warm-up.
• Be tested in: the 40-yard dash (twice, fastest time kept), vertical jump
Bowl program and extend the Army’s reach to high school students in a year- (highest jump kept), the 20-yard shuttle (twice, fastest time kept) and the
round program. power ball throw (twice, farthest throw kept). If players are not satisfied
The program provides recruiters with the opportunity to reach more than with their results, they may scratch them so they are not reported.
1,000 high school students and allows face time with prospects. • Receive a SPARQ Rating based on a calculation of their testing scores.
According to USAREC, the program benefits the Army by generating • Attend an interactive Nike SPARQ seminar which will cover offseason
awareness of Army opportunities to the target market and influencers and training, the recruiting process and a short series of SPARQ drills.
enhances the Army’s image by associating with an event that is considered • In select markets, be able to participate in a free instructional Nike SPARQ
“cool.” Program generates leads for recruiters and creates association with mini-camps free of charge to help each athlete work with SPARQ trainers
both mental and physical toughness, power and teamwork. to improve upon their times and stats from the Nike Football Combine.
Football Combines are free and open to Class of 2011 and top underclassmen Athletes can pre-register for SPARQ mini-camps through the same
high school football players looking to showcase their skills. Alumni of registration link for the Nike Football Combines.
the Combines include NFL stars, such as Arizona Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald, • Receive exposure across ESPN platforms, including a player card in the
Chicago Bears Devin Hester, and Baltimore Ravens, Haloti Ngata, along with Scouts, Inc. database.
those who have gone on to play Division I college football. • Be eligible for selection consideration for the Nike Football Training
Attending the Combine gives each athlete the opportunity to get SPARQ Camps, the top national football camp tour (selection is based on overall
tested. SPARQ stands for speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness. The performance and participation is free).
rating comes from a series of sport-specific tests and gives athletes a chance • Receive a free Nike Pro workout shirt.
moBile exhiBits: COming SOOn tO an area near YOu!
By Sonya Sanocki, Public Affairs Specialist
T he United States Army Mission Support Battalion began in 1936 when the Secretary of the Army tasked a small group of Soldiers to develop and man an
Army exhibit at the World’s Fair in New York City.
In 1951, the U.S. Army Exhibit Unit was officially formed and assigned to the Army Chief of Information. The unit’s mission was to take the Army story to
the youth of America and to those who influence them. The unit continued to provide exhibit support to the Secretary of the Army and other Department of
In October 2002, the unit was moved with the Recruiting Support Brigade to the newly created United States Army Assessions Command and was re-
designated as the Mission Support Battalion.
The unit’s assets include an array of exhibits such as the Multiple Exhibit Vehicles, Interactive Semis, Adventure Semis, and Marksmanship Trainers manned
by Army recruiters in order to re-connect America’s people with America’s Army and enhance Army awareness among high school and college students and
their centers of influence. The battalion also has two National Science Center semis which present hands-on science demonstrations to elementary and middle
school students and educators across the country.
Additionally, the unit fields the Army’s National Conventions Exhibit Team, which represents the Army at trade shows and conventions and produces
thousands of graphics and multimedia products and incentive awards to assist the Army accessions effort.
What was founded on a good idea is continuing with even more innovative thinking in the 21 century. The battalion is currently developing a Medical
Operations Adventure Van that will assist in recruiting medics, physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals.
Exhibits available are:
• The Army Marksmanship Trailer - Used primarily at multimedia events. • The Interactive Semis - have the touring theater which exhibits multi-
Designed to draw public attention, the AMT is a 28-foot-long fifth-wheel media shows. With seating for 36 people, the presentations are tailored for
trailer pulled by a commercial dual rear-wheel-driven pickup truck, both of a class period. This exhibit features a mix of academic, special interest and
which are adorned with Army graphics. Army related subjects.
• Adventure Semi - A culmination of hand-on and interactive systems, • Multiple Exhibit Vehicle (MEV) - a custom H2 Hummer. The MEV has the
which enable the public to get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a tank potential to help recruiters generate a large number of quality leads in
crew member, Apache pilot, Infantryman or Explosion Ordnance Disposal one day. The MEV pulls a small equipment trailer. The MEV is made up of
Soldier. One can experience the excitement of flying or firing weapons on a custom audio-visual system. This system include a 30-inch LCD screen,
a helicopter, test his skills and accuracy in operating an Abrams tank, or 2 flip-out 18-inch LCD monitors, 800 watts of competition JL Audio
improve his markmanship in firing the M9 on the target system. equipment, live action Clarion camera, and an X-Box gaming system.
• The Special Operations Semi - contains several hands-on activities, such The MEV has the ability to work as a stand-alone interactive asset or to
as a Civil Affairs Station, PYSOPS exhibit, Army game stations, airborne work with additional equipment to accomplish a multiple exhibit at one
simulator, ground mobility, vehicle drive, AH6 Little Bird, and weapons location.
display. • The Army Chopper - touring exhibit was custom designed and built to
• The Aviation Semi - incorporates several exhibits. One can experience represent the American Soldier...rugged, lethal and intimidating when
flying a helicopter or firing weapons on a helicopter and include an needed, always well-equipped, finely tuned, creative, and adaptive. Built in
Apache Flight exhibit; Kiowa Warrior Flight Exhibit; Unmanned Aerial 2005 by Orange County Chopper out of Montgomery, New York, its unique
Vehicle Exhibit; Ammunition and Air Warrior displays; flight virtual reality features generate positive conversations about the Army, Army values and
area; and an aircraft engine display. ethics, and the importance of safety--first and always.
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social media lessons from an unlikely source: the army
By Arik C. Hanson
Communicate and Enforce Standards
W hat the U.S. Army has been doing on the social media
front, in terms of recruiting and opening honest conversa-
tions with potential soldiers, is nothing short of amazing.
Army. What¹s more, because there are many different authors,
the responsibility for maintaining the blog does not rest with one
Seems a little odd, doesn’t it? I mean what lessons could your As you think about starting a blog for your organization, think
brand possibly learn from one of the most hierarchal, conserva- about roping many different people into the mix. It will decrease
tive organizations in the world? As it turns out, more than you the amount of time required from these busy people. More im-
might think. portant, it will help give your customers different insights into
The Army recently started using social media tools to tell its your organization.
story to and engage recruits and parents. So far, they’ve seen
tremendous momentum. 2. Tell the human side of the story. What’s the Army’s mission?
Army Strong Soldiers According to Wikipedia, it’s “to provide necessary forces and ca-
To date, the Army has enlisted 61 bloggers (most, real-life pabilities in support of the National Security and Defense Strate-
soldiers). And that list is growing every week. Hundreds of posts gies.”
and comments. And a growing readership (the Army wouldn’t Take a look at the Army’s social properties. I don¹t see a lot
release exact figures). of that. What I do see are stories about soldiers coming home to
There’s also a softer side to this work that can’t quite be mea- their families for a little rest and relaxation, tales of their presence
sured yet. If you¹re considering enlisting in the Army, you now at community events, and examples of camaraderie. Although
have an opportunity to listen to, ask questions of and engage there¹s a lot of talk about the nuts and bolts of combat and what
in an authentic, unfiltered conversation about what life is really it means to be a soldier, the human stories are what pull you in.
like in the Army with soldiers who are living and breathing it You can do the same for your brand. Resist the temptation to
every single day. No other military branch is doing anything like talk about your products, services and their features and benefits.
this. Talk about the human side of your business: how those products
How many corporate organizations are doing what the and services help make your customer¹s lives easier, better, more
Army¹s doing? Doesn’t a large portion or companies still block efficient and more enjoyable. That’s the content that compels.
sites like Facebook and Twitter? Meanwhile, the Army is encour- 3. Tell your story through photos and video. The Army has a
aging ‘employees’ (soldiers) to talk about their unique experienc- distinct advantage here. They have compelling visuals that help
es working for their ‘employer’ (Army) the good and the bad. them tell a powerful story. But I¹m guessing your brand does, too.
If you’re an Army recruiter, you have to be thrilled with this The Army’s blog uses photos liberally to tell the Army story you
work, too. may not always hear time with families, community involvement
Previously, prospective soldiers would have had to visit a and life on the road.
Army recruiting office in person to get a better feel for what they Photos can tell those stories in ways words often cannot. So,
may be getting into. the next time you¹re crafting your brand¹s story, think about the
With these tools in place, prospective soldiers can now visit a visuals that may help you tell it in a completely different and
host of online resources to get a mix of information to help them more visceral way.
make a more informed decision (Goarmy.com, the Ask a Soldier 4. Empower your employees to tell your story. More than 60
forum, blogs posts from real soldiers and videos on YouTube). bloggers worldwide with backgrounds ranging from medical
Video Watch to Maj. Mary Constantino, whom I met at Blog to human resources to legal to public affairs have blogged on
World in October, talk about how the Army is using its blog, Fa- behalf of the Army to share stories about basic combat training,
cebook and YouTube to enhance its recruiting efforts. serving in Iraq and career opportunities.
Here are a few lessons your brand can learn from the Army: These are real stories from real soldiers not corporate memos
1. Blogging success rests in the power of numbers. If you vis- and newsletters. Often your best storytellers are your employees.
it Army Strong Stories, you¹ll notice there are multiple authors They know your brand inside and out. They are your brand in
or posters. They all present multiple perspectives of life in the many ways. Why not put them in a position to tell the wonderful
stories your brand has to tell?
military housing allowance
countering impact of persistent conflict rates set for 2010
through holistic fitness By Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden,
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON (Dec. 16, 2009) -- Military members
will see an average raise of 2.5 percent in housing al-
lowance rates in 2010, a BAH program analyst for the
Defense Department said today.
The increase comes to average of around $37 per
By Nancy Rasmussen month for the more than 900,000 servicemembers
expected to draw the basic allowance for housing
Public Affairs Command Information Officer
in 2010. Some areas will see a higher increase, while
others will see less, Cheryl Anne Woehr said.
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- Commanders across The 2010 raise is down from 2009’s 6.5 percent
the Army are acutely aware of the personal average, and is the smallest percentage increase
struggles and conflicts multiple combat de- since the inception of the BAH program in 2000. This
ployments have caused Soldiers. is due the past year’s recession and declining hous-
The nature of sustained combat has resulted in rising numbers of suicides, domestic ing market, she said.
violence and divorce among our Warriors, and the Army is taking aggressive steps to re- “Rates are set based on actual housing data, so
duce the stress among the force. as the economy has declined, vacancy rates have
increased [and] rental prices have declined, which
Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) was an established Army directorate beginning
results directly to lower BAH rates in various areas,”
Oct. 1, 2008. The mission of this program is to develop and institute a holistic fitness pro- Woehr said.
gram for Soldiers, families, and Army civilians in order to enhance performance and build Those who do notice the BAH rates lower in their
resilience. area than last year shouldn’t worry, she said, because
The program focuses on optimizing five dimensions of strength: Physical, Emotional, an individual rate protection law is in place. The
Social, Spiritual and Family. This holistic approach to fitness will enhance the performance policy protects those who already are under a rental
and build resilience of the Force in this era of persistent conflict and high operational tem- agreement. So if BAH rates in their area are lower Jan.
po. Resilience is the ability to grow and thrive in the face of challenges and bounce back 1 than on Dec. 31, the previous, higher rate applies.
from adversity. “Servicemembers are able to take advantage of
the increase in rates, but are not affected by decreas-
CSF hosts a Web site for Soldiers to learn about the program and access the Global As-
ing rates,” she said. But servicemembers who change
sessment Tool (called the “GAT”) survey. This survey allows Soldiers to assess dimensions duty stations, change dependency status or get pro-
of emotional, spiritual, social, and family fitness. By taking 10-20 minutes to answer about moted on or after Jan. 1 will be affected by the new
100 questions, Soldiers will receive a rapid estimate of individual fitness in these four di- rates, she added.
mensions. Woehr stressed that it isn’t necessarily bad news
U.S. Army, Pacific Commander Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon expressed his concern about for the servicemember in areas that see a decrease
getting the CSF information into the hands of Soldiers. He said, “Key is educating them in rates. “Servicemembers who are newly reporting
on how to connect the link through AKO, take the survey and work through some of the to an area get to take advantage of the lower market
modules. As we get more trainers through the course, battalions can start designing bat- when they arrive,” she said.
The BAH program is designed to benefit the ser-
vicemember, but it’s not designed to pay 100 percent
“It is critical for Soldiers to know that the GAT will not be used as a selection tool for of housing expenses, Woehr said. The rate is intended
promotion, command, or schooling,” Mixon said referring to the fear among some Soldiers to cover rent, renter’s insurance and utilities based
that the survey results could be viewed by others. on pay grade and dependency status.
Although the survey is designed to be a self-assessment, it will serve a larger purpose The local market economy determines annual
for determining what training is most effective ein the five focus areas. Officials will strip BAH changes and sets the next year’s BAH rates. Mili-
the surveys of personal information and combine scores to reach aggregate scores. tary housing offices from each installation begin col-
Being Army Strong is more than just being physically fit. It is mental and emotional lecting data on the local rental market as early as Jan-
strength. It is the confidence to lead. It is the courage to stand up for your beliefs. It is the uary each year. The offices research the current rates
for two-bedroom houses, townhouses, single-family
compassion to help others. It is the desire for lifelong learning. It is the intelligence to make
homes and the different standards and profiles for
the right decision. It is making a difference for yourself, your family, your community and
homes, Woehr explained.
our nation. Typically, rates are higher in larger, more heav-
Mixon added, “USARPAC leadership wants this program to enhance the lives of bal- ily populated metropolitan areas, such as New York
anced, healthy, self-confident Army Soldiers, families and civilians whose resilience and City, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Rates in rural ar-
total fitness enables them to thrive in an era of high operational tempo and persistent eas usually are more stable, and although they may
conflict.” increase to some degree, the rise doesn’t have the
same impact as in larger cities, she said.
Visit http://www.army.mil/csf/ to take the GAT survey and to learn more about what the An estimated $19 billion in BAH will be paid to
Army has to offer in building confidence to lead, courage to stand up for one’s believes and nearly 1 million servicemembers in 2010, Woehr
compassion to help others, while maximizing one’s potential.
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Celebrating Diversity in the Army:
African American History Month