‘Operation Recruit ARMY STRONG’ prepares Future Soldiers

Garrett Robinson, a member of the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion’s new Student Taking Active Roles (S.T.A.R.) program at the Steelton Highspire High School, learns how to use the Anti Tank – 4 over-the-shoulder missile with a “dummy” weapon during the Harrisburg Recruiting Company’s “Operation Recruit ARMY STRONG” held April 30 at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. U.S. Army photo by Christine June, Harrisburg Battalion A&PA.

By Christine June
Harrisburg Battalion A&PA

‘Operation Recruit ARMY STRONG’ prepares Future Soldiers

By Christine June
Harrisburg Battalion A&PA

Harrisburg Recruiting Company hosted a mega Future Soldier Event “Operation Recruit ARMY STRONG” April 30 at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa.

“Basically, I wanted the whole event to really focus on the fun aspects of the Army,” said Staff Sgt. David Gordon, the Future Soldier leader at the Harrisburg Opportunity Center, who oversaw this event for all three of the company’s opportunity centers. “I wanted Future Soldiers and their guests to get hands-on training on the exciting parts of the Army.”

Close to 115 Future Soldiers and their guests attended the event, which showcased training sessions on first aid, parachute and air rocket familiarity, and simulator training on convoy missions and M-16 rifles.

“A lot,” answered Future Soldier Tony Trump on whether or not he felt that this mega event helped to prepare him for basic training. “It got me used to saying, ‘Yes, drill sergeant;’ and, ‘No, drill sergeant’ every time.”

Trump joined the Army in February from the Harrisburg Opportunity Center as a 88M – Motor Transport Operator and will head to basic training as a private on June 6.

Training was provided by ”synergy” cooperation with Reserve Soldiers from Company “C,” 1st Battalion, 417th Regiment, and Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers and civilians from the Flight Simulator Division of the National Guard Training Center at Fort Indiantown Gap, and the 365th Engineering Battalion from Schuylkill Haven, Pa.

“What we have done in our mega function was to team up with some of our local partners like the drill sergeant unit and engineering battalion to help us facilitate some of the activities today,” the Harrisburg Recruiting Company Commander Maj. Eric Sutton said.

Drill Sergeants started the day’s activities with basic physical fitness training exercises and maintained a presence during all of the training classes.

“Basic is all about drill sergeants and training,” Gordon said.

Instructors for the parachute familiarization class were even closer at hand as they are recruiters assigned to the Harrisburg Opportunity Center.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael McKenzie, a drill sergeant from Company “C,” 1st Battalion, 417th Regiment, instructs Future Soldiers on the basic physical training drills the Army uses during the Harrisburg Recruiting Company’s “Operation Recruit ARMY STRONG” held April 30 at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. U.S. Army photo by Christine June, Harrisburg Battalion A&PA.

“What are you looking for?,” asked Staff Sgt. Joseph Tremblay, who was an instructor U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., before being assigned as a recruiter.

“Holes, rips, tears, blown sections, gores and broken section lines,” answered the class of about 20 Future Soldiers and their guests in unison after repeating it about 15 times per class.
 

Included in the day’s training preparing them for their lives in the Army, Future Soldiers were able to try the military’s Meals Ready to Eat.

Guests of Future Soldiers also included 14 members of the Harrisburg Battalion’s new Students Taking Active Roles Leadership Club STAR 2011 at Steelton Highspire High School. The battalion created this club this year as a way for schools without a JROTC program to offer their students a similar experience.

Parents were also invited to attend this event with their Future Soldiers.

 
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Welcome to the United States Army Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion. The “Steel” battalion is a proud organization dedicated to supporting the important mission of recruiting for “America’s Army.” Your assignment as a recruiter in the great state of Pennsylvania will be an extremely challenging and rewarding experience for you, both professionally and personally. With over 200 community-based professionals located in communities throughout Pennsylvania who share the same concerns as do all responsible citizens regarding the future of America’s youth. In particular, we want to help students stay in school, remain drug-free, be physically fit, and realize their potential to become productive members of society.
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