On June 1, Soldiers with the 82nd Sustainment Brigade shared their knowledge of the Army with more than 150 future Soldiers from the Wilmington Recruiting Company as part of the Adopt-a-Station Program.
“It’s a great opportunity for them to come out and see what a day in the life of a Soldier is like,” said Staff Sgt. Jonathan Welch, future Soldier leader with Wilmington RC, and Sanford, N.C., native. “They were able to see the barracks, the training environment, the professionalism of non-commissioned officers and what is expected of them as Soldiers on a day-to-day basis,” said Welch.
“I wish I had this program before I went through basic training,” said Sgt. 1st Class Nakia Harris, the coordinator for the event and Rochester, N.Y., native. “When you actually talk to the people who are on the ground every day, you get a better insight on what you are going to be doing.”
Trainers provided information on basic Soldier knowledge like the Army values, Army history, drill and ceremony, customs and courtesies, the Soldier’s creed and military programs.
“It was pretty intriguing,” said Benjamin Latigue, a Holly Springs, N.C., native. Latigue is entering the military as a specialist with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in French. “I think that I learned a lot of the underlying things that are very important to being an enlisted Soldier in today’s Army. Things like marching orders and how to compose yourself when speaking to officers, non-commissioned officers and warrant officers.”
The Soldiers hosting the event also gave the future Soldiers hands-on experience with military equipment. They were able to fire simulated rounds in the Engagement Skills Trainer 2000, experience the humvee egress assistance trainer, shoot a firefighter hose, perform drill movements and participate in a combatives presentation.
“This was our first time doing the EST 2000 and the virtual convoy trainer,” said Harris. “I think that being able to come in and put their hands on Army equipment definitely benefits some of the Soldiers,” he said.
“I think the individual classes and the combatives demonstration were the biggest things these Soldiers were keyed in on,” said Welch. “They are learning more about more specific jobs, the Army, how to be successful and what they need to do to make that next step to become better at what they do,” he said.
“I think my favorite part was just interacting with the NCOs here,” said Latigue. “I enjoyed seeing the diversity of personalities. It kind of gave me a perspective of what kind of Soldiers are in the Army.”
After a day of watching, listening, interacting and learning about the lifestyle of a Soldier, the recruits returned to the recruiter’s station with more experience and knowledge of what they will experience in the Army.