Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Determined brothers motivate each other to join the Army Team

Adam Millwood after picture
Joseph Millwood picture after
Determined brothers Adam and Joseph Millwood both wanted to enlist into the United States Army a year and a half ago but their weight kept their dreams unfulfilled.  Adam weighed approximately 432 pounds and Joseph weighed 510 pounds.  They said their father came up with a plan for them to lose weight and got things started. They completely changed their eating habits. They exercised twice daily focusing mostly on a  cardio workout. 

When they had their first meeting with a recruiter in the Easley Recruiting Center they were both still over the current Army weight standards. But they had made progress-  Adam came in at 250 pounds and Joseph at 260 pounds.  So the Easley recruiters had them join the team of Future Soldiers who worked out with the recruiters. Recruiters put them through a Strength and Conditioning program and soon the brothers were down to 24% body fat.   

Adam, a senior at Easley High School, graduates in the summer of 2018.  He has already joined the Army and chose the job of an Infantryman. Joseph, a high school graduate, enlisted as well and will be leaving this September. He chose the job of Army  Combat Medic. Staff Sergeant Justin Herrington was the recruiter for both brothers.
Joseph Millwood before picture
Adam Millwood before picture

Greenville Company First Sergeant David Goad is proud of these two men and their incredible feat. "They have proven they are dedicated to the Army.  The discipline and structure they possessed to lose all that weight is exactly what the type of Soldier the Army wants,"he said.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Community partnership creates greatness in Greenville, S.C.

Helping fellow Soldiers and veterans by partnering with the local community

Story by Leslie Ann Sully
Columbia Recruiting Battalion

Courtesy photos from Greenville Health System, Alan Francis and Greenville Drive Baseball staff

Sgt. 1st Class Deon Nalley didn’t know what the future would hold when he engaged in a conversation with a veteran near him in a staging area before the Greenville (South Carolina) Armed Forces Day parade in May 2016.

 Greenville Health System Veterans Association at Armed Forces Day Parade in Greenville, S.C. May 2016
What started as a joke between Nalley, and Marcia Safran, a Greenville Health System (GHS) Project Manager & Veterans Association member, quickly became a productive partnership with a multitude of local organizations. 

“He handed me his business card, and I joked I was too old to join,” said Safran, who, in addition to being a project manager for GHS, is a Navy veteran, an Associate Blue Star Mother, Greenville Upstate Chapter 4 and Finance Officer, American Legion Post 33.

Henry Bender get a high five from Sgt. 1st Class 
Deon Nalley. Back row is Fred and Marty Bender.

She kept the Greenville center leader’s card and said she was glad she did. She would need it two short months later.

Right before the Military Appreciation Night Game of Greenville Drive Baseball Team in July 2016, Safran discovered a fellow GHS employee’s father and World War II veteran, Henry Bender, would be attending the game. She wanted to organize a special field honor for Bender, who took part in the Normandy invasion. She reached out to Nalley for help. 

“Although it was days just before the game, he got us an Army challenge coin,” said Safran, who also asked Nalley to present the coin. “What unfolded next was one of the most touching moments in my life. “I am so very thankful for his role in honoring our oldest war generation Veteran.”

Nalley and Safran met again in November 2016 at Military Appreciation Event at the Taylors YMCA, sponsored by the local American Legion.  In supporting the Blue Star Mother’s Chapter 4, Safran spearheads the annual GHS collection campaign for troops overseas so they could receive items from home during the holidays, so Nalley offered to help. 

“I thought this was a great way to support our community and help other active-duty Soldiers,” Nalley said.  

The Greenville Army recruiters donated their personal time to help with the manual logistics of getting 149 boxes from storage to the post office. “People donated items, but we needed trucks and muscle to get boxes packed and loaded,” Safran said. 

Recruiters from the Greenville Army Recruiting Center loading Girl Scout cookies to be shipped to Soldiers overseas.
Nalley said it was important for him and his team to give fellow troops a morale booster with items from home.“It felt good to help,” Nalley said. 

Once again, involvement in one activity led to a new partnership with another organization.  During the holiday collection, one of the GHS’ employees asked if her Girl Scout troop could do something to support the Blue Star Mothers. The Girl Scouts sold cookies for Soldiers and assisted the Blue Star Mothers in repacking an assortment of cookies to ship overseas.

“They had 250 cases of cookies, which equated to 96 boxes of assorted cookies for Soldiers,” Safran said. The Greenville recruiters stepped in again on their personal time to help load and unload the boxed cookies to be processed for shipment to their final destination.  “What they can accomplish in a short time is amazing,” Safran said.  “It takes a coordinated effort with a lot of people to get all these donations to our troops.

Army Recruiters from the Greenville Army Recruiting Center in Greenville, S.C., with Marcia Safran, in red jacket on left, and Cheryl Shaffer, in white shirt on right, both members of the  Greenville Blue Star Mothers Chapter.

Recruiters are representatives of the Army, Nalley said, so it’s important to be supportive of and active in the local community.

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