Story and Photo by
Capt. Gary Mason
130th Engineer Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Motivated Soldiers sounded off with cadence, as they ran through post recently, finishing with “under-the-tree” counseling on retention, here.
Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Ward, senior enlisted leader, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, emphasized the importance of making a decision to re-enlist prior to the Jan. 31 deadline.
Brigade commanders want to ensure that every Soldier receives professional development and the right counsel to make an educated decision that will impact their careers, livelihood and families for years to come. This professional development event encouraged retention Soldiers to make the important decision now.
“Where are you right now in your decision?” Ward asked, sharing the reasons he still serves. “Lead from the front, and select those best qualified to lead our Army.”
Senior enlisted Soldiers, along with career counselors for the 130th Eng. Bde., used this run to ensure that every Soldier in the brigade has all the information needed to make an educated decision before planning for re-enlistment or separation from the Army.
Ward centered his attention on the oversized board displays of military leave and earning statements. The comparisons highlighted the monetary advantages service members receive while continuing their active service status. The chart also displayed the financial statements of married and unmarried enlisted personnel.
“What price would you place on your life? Priceless,” he emphasized. “If you think like that, why wouldn’t you invest in yourself?”
The counseling echoed how important it is to best utilize the pay, entitlements and education the military is offering to enhance personal and professional life.
“We are putting the Soldiers on notice; we are in the middle of a drawdown right now and in the middle of a budget crisis,” said Staff Sgt. Lisa Tomlin, a career counselor for 65th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Bde., adding that career counselors are available and ready to assist enlisted Soldiers in their decisions before the deadline. “We hope they get (assistance in making the correct decision).”