Schofield’s Sanchez named Army Career Counselor of Year

| February 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

Sgt. Maj. Terry Anderson
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A noncommissioned officer from the 45th Sustainment  Brigade won top honors at the Secretary of the Army Career Counselor of the Year competition, held Jan. 26 in Alexandria, Va. 

Sgt. 1st Class Luis Sanchez competed against 12 career counselors from around the globe at Human Resources Command headquarters. Following an intense question and answer session from a board made up of senior career counselors, Sanchez was named the top Regular Army Career Counselor of the Year. 

Sanchez“When my name was announced as the winner, it didn’t hit me right away,” Sanchez said. “But then I realized the significance of it and was pretty blown away when I realized I won the top award.”

Sanchez captured the 8th Theater Sustainment Command Career Counselor competition in October, and then followed that honor up with victory at the U.S. Army-Pacific-level competition, last month.

Sgt. Maj. Brad McDonell, command career counselor for the 8th TSC, said it was obvious that Sanchez impressed board members during his interview.

“What set him apart was that the board members could look him in the eye and see that he has passion for the job,” McDonell said. “(Sanchez) was really sincere and wants to take care of Soldiers, and I think the board members could sense that.”

Sanchez said McDonell played a big part in his success at the USARPAC and Department of the Army levels. 
“He definitely prepared me,” Sanchez said. “(McDonell) was there morning, noon and night. He brought up a lot of issues that the Army is focused on, such as the transfer of education benefits, and dwell time, and it got me thinking about those issues.

“That helped me a lot when the board members asked me those questions,” Sanchez said. “I had already formulated some answers before I walked in the door.” 

Sanchez said he wants to use this opportunity to bring more publicity to what career counselors do each and every day — help Soldiers make life-altering decisions about their future.

“I have to balance the needs of the Army with the needs of the individual,” he explained, “to let Soldiers know that it doesn’t matter who you work for, but when you wake up to go to work in the morning, you want to go to work happy.”

Sanchez will travel to the Pentagon in May to accept the Regular Army Career Counselor of the Year award from the Secretary of the Army, the Honorable John McHugh. He is quick to give credit to those who helped him achieve the honor.

“I owe a lot to the leadership of the 45th Sustainment Brigade and the 8th TSC for allowing me to compete, to my fellow career counselors for their support, and to my wife and family for their love and support,” he said. “I wouldn’t have gotten here without them.” 




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