8th TSC wins annual USARPAC Career Counselor of the Year

| December 23, 2013 | 0 Comments
The United States Army Pacific held its annual Career Couselor of the Year competition, Dec. 9-13, to determine who will distinguish themselves amoung the peers. This year, Sgt. 1st Class James Klink, the career counselor for the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, proved to be the best of the best, getting ready to compete in the Secretary of Army Career Counselor of Year board, Jan. 6.

The United States Army Pacific held its annual Career Couselor of the Year competition, Dec. 9-13, to determine who will distinguish themselves amoung the peers. This year, Sgt. 1st Class James Klink, the career counselor for the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, proved to be the best of the best, getting ready to compete in the Secretary of Army Career Counselor of Year board, Jan. 6.

Staff Sgt. Gaelen Lowers, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

FORT SHAFTER — They advise more than a thousand Soldiers at any given time, directly impacting each person’s family, future, and physical and mental health.

Army career counselors are highly trained Soldiers and products of an arduous qualification process.

They counsel and mentor others on Army benefits, programs and opportunities, and are the subject matter experts on all facets of uniformed life to include re-enlistment, transfer of education benefits and reclassification.

Sgt. 1st Class James Klink, the career counselor for the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

Sgt. 1st Class James Klink, the career counselor for the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

It’s a job that demands the best, and that’s why the U.S. Army Pacific Command and the Department of the Army hold annual training and Career Counselor of the Year competitions.

“It breeds excellence,” said Master Sgt. John Stiles, the competition’s coordinator and the senior retention operations noncommissioned officer for USARPAC. “It recognizes and rewards the best and most qualified within our career field.”

This year, Sgt. 1st Class James Klink took that title as the winner of USARPAC’s Career Counselor of the Year competition, held Dec. 4-6, here.

As career counselor for the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Klink demonstrated his knowledge of his job, soldiering and the Army, while completing the Army Physical Fitness Test, a written exam, warrior task events and a formal board evaluation.

A Soldier from each major command under USARPAC competed against Klink: Staff Sgt. Armando Delgado, U.S. Army Alaska; Sgt. 1st Class Adam Bartlett, 25th Infantry Division; and Staff Sgt. Armando Guevara, 8th Army (Korea).

“Like the old analogy says, ‘the cream will rise to the top,’” said Stiles. “I believe the best always continues to strive to bigger and better. (Klink) has undoubtedly proven himself, and I think has a great shot of winning at the (Department of the Army) level.”

The United States Army Pacific held its annual Career Couselor of the Year competition, Dec. 9-13, to determine who will distinguish themselves amoung the peers. This year, Sgt. 1st Class James Klink, the career counselor for the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, proved to be the best of the best, getting ready to compete in the Secretary of Army Career Counselor of Year board, Jan. 6.

The United States Army Pacific held its annual Career Couselor of the Year competition, Dec. 9-13, to determine who will distinguish themselves amoung the peers. This year, Sgt. 1st Class James Klink, the career counselor for the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, proved to be the best of the best, getting ready to compete in the Secretary of Army Career Counselor of Year board, Jan. 6.

The strenuous competition was also combined with the career counselors’ annual training. Counselors from across the Pacific trained on the Army’s new and proposed retention policies, and guest subject matter experts spoke to the group.

The week’s events culminated with an awards dinner at the Hale Koa Hotel.

Klink will represent USARPAC in Washington, D.C., Jan. 6-9, 2014, for the Secretary of the Army’s Career Counselor of the Year Board, where he will compete against peers from each major Army command.

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