Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Staff Sgt. Celeste Imel, career counselor, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, has yet again set the bar a little higher for Army career counselors and won her second consecutive 8th TSC Career Counselor of the Year Award.
Imel is moving on to the U.S. Army-Pacific level once again, where she competed and won last year.
The 8th TSC competition, here, consisted of a physical fitness test, a 50-question exam and a board to determine who would move on to the USARPAC competition, which will be held Dec. 5-8.
“I think she has the potential to win again,” said Sgt. Maj. Brad McDonell, command career counselor, 8th TSC. “She is a professional, and anything she does, she will put everything she has into it. She’s a competitor.”
Imel takes every task given to her and does the best that she can possibly do with it, every time.
“I’m very competitive,” Imel said. “Anything out there that I can go out and compete for, I want to go out and win. I want to stand out among my peers.”
Imel, who is the highest-producing career counselor for the 8th TSC the past two years, was president of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club for fiscal year 2011. She said she owes much of her drive and success to her predecessor, Sgt. 1st Class Luis Sanchez, previously a 2009 Secretary of the Army Career Counselor Award recipient and now a career counselor for the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, currently deployed to Afghanistan.
“He is the career counselor that put me into the field,” Imel said. “I try to follow in his steps and make it all the way up (to the Department of the Army level).”
Imel has the support of her command and the faith of her sergeant major.
“She has great work ethic; she is always trying to win everything,” McDonell said. “She is always trying to be the best, and more often than not, she is. She does everything at the highest level, and I think she is a true professional. She is going to be a sergeant major someday. I’m sure of it.”