Denver Recruiting Battalion
May 27, 2017
WASHINGTON -- The 5th Recruiting Brigade brought 21 educators to the nation's capital May 3-4 to see firsthand the U.S. Army's career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
As part of the brigade's annual educator tour, the participants, who came from locations all over the southwestern United States, visited the Pentagon and other key military facilities in the area to gain an understanding of the 150 different career choices and developmental opportunities the Army offers today's youth.
"We are committed to education and leadership development, it's not just about being issued an M-4," said Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, commanding general of U.S. Army Recruiting Command, who was able to join the tour for a few hours.
The group's first stop on the tour was at the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, which trains and operates closely with the National Security Agency.
Dealing with more than 20 percent of active military intelligence, INSCOM, which operates at 180 locations in 40 countries, needs highly skilled individuals to train in fields such as linguist support, logistics, coding, cyber security, communications and intelligence management.
"Due to globalization, the world has completely changed," said Command Sgt. Maj. Craig Russell, 5th Recruiting Brigade's senior enlisted leader. "With that, the Army will continue to advance and our Soldiers along with it."
The educators rounded out the first day of the tour at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, where the Army conducts technology research and development. Presenting technologies developed at APG, several interns along with scientists and engineers highlighted various aspects of the programs and answered tour participants' questions about the equipment and jobs at the facility.
"If (today's youth) are looking for adventure, they will get to have that experience while performing a unique job within the organization," said Col. Terance Huston, 5th Recruiting Brigade commander.
The educators started the second day of the tour with a visit to Program Executive Office Soldier on Fort Belvoir, Virginia, where they had a chance to handle some of the Army's cutting-edge technology. Brig. Gen. Brian Cummings, program executive officer for PEO Soldier, and his staff demonstrated the Army's current and future technologies and outlined how they use STEM to protect Soldiers and maximize their combat effectiveness.
"The Army is just as high tech as any other industry, and it needs people with that same level of expertise and is willing to invest in them," said Linda Jensen, tour participant and director of Arizona College Access Network in Phoenix.
The final stop of the educator tour was the Pentagon, one of the world's largest office buildings and home to more than 25,000 military and civilian personnel. After touring key locations in the 6-million-square-foot building, the participants had an informal conversation with Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, the senior advisor to the secretary of the Army and Army chief of staff for all aspects of intelligence, counterintelligence and security, to further understand the high level of competency that exists within the Army.
At the conclusion of the tour, Huston said he hopes the two-day Army experience gave the educators a better understanding of the Army's viability as a post-secondary option for their students.
Dr. Lee Lambert, chancellor of Pima Community College District in Tucson, Arizona, confirmed Huston's hopes for the success of the tour, saying, "It impressed me how forward thinking the Army is by evidence of what we saw here, in terms of technology integration and restructuring of the MOS system to accommodate a new way of thinking about the future. Work-life experience is important to the overall development of a person's competencies."