News: New Air Guard program rolled out
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - Airman Tamera Cary is with the maintenance operations at VTANG and may not be well known over base, but she’s a very familiar face with recruiters; last year she got no less than five people to enlist. The Air Force Refer2ANG program wasn’t up and running yet, but because recruiting was grateful for her help, they set up an F-16 ride for her. (We’ll admit we’re just a wee jealous!)
It’s no secret that Commander Baczewski has put a priority on increasing our manning on base and that there’s now two slots for every existing slot. With every new recruit, VTANG becomes a stronger unit that will be able to whether the changes that come with budget cuts and force restructuring.
“I’m also always on the lookout for like-minded people, motivated and with high integrity – people I want to have with me on the battlefield,” she said. Knowing what will be expected of potential recruits, she chooses people who will be able to follow through with commitments and are likely to pass the physical fitness test.
There are advantages in being a Criminal Justice major at Norwich University; she meets a lot of people who are open to the idea of joining the military. But Carey said it doesn’t matter where a person is, what matters is he or she is setting an example that civilians would find worthy to follow.
At Norwich she wears her uniform on Tuesdays, so people know she’s enlisted. If someone approaches her and seems like they would be a good candidate, she asks the person if they would like a recruiter to contact them. She makes a quick phone call or text and the recruiter takes care of the rest.
As of April she’s already had one person enlist from her referral and one more interested. She hopes to earn an Ipad from the Refer2ANG program this year.
Command encourages every airman to sign up to support the growth and future of our base. Registration is quick and easy at www.refer2ang.com, and there’s an array of rewards including backpacks, exercise equipment, PS3s, Xbox 360s, televisions or Ipads.
Date Posted:06.03.2012 08:25
Location:SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT, US
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