Friday, October 28, 2016

Local Army Center Leader named Distinguished Honor Graduate



By Vernetta Garcia

Sgt. 1st Class James Balog as the Distinguished Honor Graduate and Leadership Award recipient on Oct. 21, 2016


Sgt. 1st Class James Balog, Center Leader for Beaufort Army Recruiting Center, escaped the path hurricane Matthew when it hit the coast of South Carolina by attending the Senior Leaders Course at Ft. Jackson, S.C. 
On Oct. 21, 2016, he graduated the course as the Distinguished Honor Graduate and Leadership Award recipient. There was a last minute cancellation for the course a slot opened for Balog.  “Balog’s achievements are all the more impressive because he only had 48 hours to prepare before attending the course,” said his commander, the Charleston Company Commander Cpt. Stephen Fancey.
Balog started his recruiting career in at the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Cleveland in  November 2011. He quickly moved up the ranks and became the Center Leader of Beaufort Center in the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Columbia in July 2015. Balog said the three week course “was a good refresher to hone leadership skills.” He also said the course reinforced beliefs that he always tells his recruiters. "Don’t get overwhelmed, take things one day at a time, learn the (Recruiting) process, and believe in the team,” he said.
“Recruiting has its challenges, but I enjoy interacting with the community and providing a future for our students,” said Balog.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Army Helicopters Help Teach STEM to Fort Mill High School Students



    Story and photos by Vernetta Garcia
Columbia Company Commander Cpt. Lequire explains how the Army helicopter is going to land to the students.
Columbia Company Recruiters teamed up with Celebrate Freedom Foundation (CFF) on Tuesday, Sept. 20 to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) assets to more than 2,000 students at Fort Mill High School, Fort Mill, SC. It included a surprise fly-in of AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter, Maggie, which the student body didn’t know about until the morning of the event.
 
AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter named Maggie lands at Fort Mill High School to the surprise of the students.
CFF’s Project SOaR™ (Student/School Opportunities and Rewards) is an educational outreach program that supports STEM courses in high schools. The program informs students of the opportunities that are available to them, particularly in the aviation field with the interactive AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter, Annie. Former mechanic and SOaR volunteer Bob Day shared the many diverse careers associated with aviation. “There are so many different STEM careers associated with with aviation, not everyone wants to be a pilot," said Day.
“Our goal is to stimulate or reinforce student interest in STEM courses by bringing these assets to the school,” said Lt. Col. Robert Garbarino, Commander of the Columbia Army Recruiting Battalion. “Students and educators will see that the Army has a variety of technical jobs in aviation and those that support aviation.”
 
Fort Mill High School Students try on the Army aviation gear.
Students learned the value of college and other educational opportunities, such as technical schools and military. Students met pilots and instructors, who have succeeded in the aviation and aerospace industry. They also learned about the incomes that can be earned if they work in the aviation and aerospace industry.

Sgt. 1st Class Watson and others talk with the students about Army careers and aircraft information.
 “We are excited to partner with US Army recruiters and CFF to provide this opportunity for our students in career courses at FMHS.  The US Military is one of the most technologically advanced in the world.  Our students were able to see up close what a career in STEM looks like in a real world application. Our hope is this partnership will motivate many of our students to consider a future in STEM careers after high school,” said Fort Mill High Principal Dee Christopher.
 
Students get close to the other aircraft that was on display. Some students climbed into the cockpit later.
“It was a great day,” said Sgt. 1st Class Dianne Watson, Rock Hill area Army Recruiter, “I enjoyed sharing my Army story and hope the students gained a better understanding of careers and STEM jobs in the military.”

Thursday, August 11, 2016

U.S. Army marketing trailers showcase America's Drill Sergeant

Command Sgt. Maj. Lamont Christian's picture on the side of a one of thenew U.S. Army Recruiting Command trailer.


Story and photos by Leslie Ann Sully

Fort Jackson Post Command Sgt. Maj. Lamont Christian has had many roles during his Army career and now he can add being the Drill Sergeant face that millions will see around America. His picture from the Army’s CAN YOU MAKE THE CUT campaign was selected as one of the photos used to wrap the new U.S. Army Recruiting Command Marketing Trailers. His job at the time of the photo shoot was Commandant of the United States Army Drill Sergeant Academy on Fort Jackson, S.C.

“The opportunity to see the picture on a local trailer was very humbling and exciting,” he said when he saw one outside of the headquarters of U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Columbia. The battalion, just like the other 38 battalions across America, received two trailers in August. One is now located at the U.S. Army Recruiting Company Asheville to help promote the Army in the Asheville, N.C. and Greenville, S.C. areas. The other is at the U.S. Army Recruiting Company Augusta and will be traveling around the Augusta, Ga., recruiting area as well as the greater Columbia, S.C., communities. 
Columbia Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Robert Garbarino and Fort Jackson Command Sgt. Maj. Christian.

The role of promoting a positive image for the Army is not new to Christian. Previously, he was recognized as America’s Drill Sergeant. He started his Drill Sergeant time at Fort Benning, Ga., in 1993 and later served at that Fort Benning Drill Sergeant School until 1998. As a Drill Sergeant Leader, Christian recorded several Army cadences for Army use. Later, he learned that one was used in a Gatorade commercial.
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