By Capt. Jessica Rovero
USAREC Public Affairs
August 22, 2017
FORT KNOX, Ky. - The oldest "recruiter" in U.S. Army Recruiting Command received a lifetime service award during a ceremony at Fort Meade, Maryland, Aug. 15 for more than 69 years of combined service to the Army.
Eighty-seven-year-old retired Sgt. Maj. Raymond Moran, known throughout the command as the "Old Soldier," received the Lt. Gen. Richard G. Trefry Lifetime of Service Award from Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, USAREC commanding general, during the 1st Recruiting Brigade operations update.
"The Trefry Award is awarded by the secretary of the Army to those who exemplify Lt. Gen. Trefry's ethos and lifetime of extraordinary and selfless service to the Army in a variety of capacities," Snow said.
Moran entered the U.S. Army in 1948 and served on active duty for more than 30 years. He had a variety of overseas assignments to include Japan, Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Germany and Iraq and served in the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm.
However, Moran's passion was in recruiting for the Army. He has served USAREC on and off since 1951. He served as a recruiter for 12 years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the roles of recruiter, station commander and first sergeant. He served as a first sergeant and sergeant major for the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion in Boston, and as command sergeant major of the 1st Recruiting District at Fort Meade, Maryland.
In 1978, he retired from active duty to become a civilian recruiter with the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion.
"He loved recruiting for our nation so much that he went from being a brigade command sergeant major in uniform to a civilian recruiter," Snow said.
Even after his retirement as a government civilian, Moran continued to occupy his office as a volunteer recruiter. At nearly 88 years old, he continues to serve and recruit young men and women for the Army.