Lockhaven University student marks the 100th Army Reserve enlistee for November
With her right hand raised, Dana Wozniak took the oath of enlistment yesterday not realizing that she was the 100th U.S. Army Reserve enlistee for November. For the first time in more than six years the U.S. Army Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion welcomed 18-year-old Wozniak into the Army family as the 100th reserve enlistee.
“Dana is a reflection of the best of America” said Staff Sgt. Vitautas Bucevicius, Station Commander for the Lockhaven Recruiting Station and Dana’s recruiter.
Wozniak signed the 100th Army Reserve contract Nov. 18 at the Military Entrance Processing Center in Mechanicsburg, Pa. As a first year student at Lockhaven, she is pursuing a double major in Athletic Training and Biology while in the Reserve Officer Training Corps. She is joining the Army Reserves as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Operations Specialist.
“I always knew I wanted to help as many people that I could and now I will be able to.” said Wozniak. “I chose CBRN specialty because the science aspect of it really attracted me and I didn’t want to sit behind a desk.”
She will finish out her first year of college and then plans to commission as a second lieutenant in the medical field when she graduates college.
“This couldn’t have happened without the help and assistance from my recruiter Staff Sgt. Bucevicius,” she said, “he always worked around my busy schedule, and walked me through the process step-by-step.”
Dana will ship on May 31 to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. where she will train at the U.S. Army CBRN School. Dana will prepare for her Army career by attending nine weeks of Basic Training where she will learn basic Soldiering skills, and 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training and on-the-job instruction. As a CBRN specialist, Dana will join a branch of professional Dragon Soldiers who are dedicated to the defense of the nation, where she will assist in establishment and application of CBRN defense measures.
“This experience was a long process, but it’s worth it in the end.” said Wozniak, crediting Bucevicius for getting her where she needed to be to include being the 100th enlistee for the month.
When asked if she had anything else to say, her only comment was, “I wanted to make sure Bucevicius was recognized for his hard work and commitment to me as a Future Solder.”
The U.S. Army Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion oversees the recruiting mission of 52 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. The battalion is divided into seven companies with 43 Army recruiting stations.