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    Army Strong 150 ways



    Courtesy Story

    205th Theater Public Affairs Support Element

    By Yalonda Wright
    Army Recruiting Command

    SAN ANTONIO – The Army Strong Zone provides Americans a platform to experience the diverse elements of the world’s strongest team – the U.S. Army.

    More than 35 displays spread over 129,000 square feet showcase the Army’s strength through education, technology, innovative leader development, teamwork, healing, sports, physical fitness and movement.

    “It has taken between six and nine months to coordinate this process,” says Walt Quinn, Army Strong Zone manager. “We have civilians, contractors, local and national units from as close as Fort Hood (Texas) and as far away as Washington state.”

    Our Army is as diverse as the people we serve. The Army Strong Zone is a glimpse into how such a diverse group of people, skills and resources come together to make an elite team that is strong enough to be called the greatest Army in the world.

    Our strength comes from the values we live and is manifest in many different forms. Teamwork is a foundational strength for Army professionals. The Strong Zone featured some of the elite teams like Army combative, the K-9 team, drill sergeants and special forces.

    There are 150 career opportunities to serve in the Army as an active, Guard or Reserve soldier. The Army profession develops our nation’s future leaders and our communities’ strongest citizens. The skills gained through Army service are transferable to the civilian sector.

    In order for our nation to remain secure, competitive and prosperous, we must have young people fully engaged and active in science, technology, engineering and math education and activities.

    STEM is the foundation of most Army career opportunities, and directly contributes to our national security and prosperity.

    Being that the Army is leading the future in technology development.

    Staff Sgt. Nathan A. Hazelwood of the Corpus Christi, Texas, said he believes the strength of technology is in our ability to “find the danger before we put our people in harm’s way.”

    The ability to transport and move people and equipment to various locations around the world is an important aspect of any logistical operation. The zone showcased one such vehicle called the Buffalo Mine Protected Clearance vehicle.

    The Buffalo features a 30-foot robotic arm and iron claw for ordinance disposal and route clearance. The claw is mounted with a camera and sensory equipment. A job as route clearance personnel is open to both males and females.

    “This exhibit gives the American public a better perspective,” said Staff Sgt. John K. Holubeck, 386th Engineer Battalion. “They see that the vehicles we’re spending the money on are going to be the vehicles that bring their sons and daughters back home.”

    From simulators to demonstrations, to hands-on experiences, the Army Strong Zone connects visitors with the extraordinary soldiers and leading-edge technology that makes the U.S. Army one of the most elite organizations in the world, helping the Army share its story with the American public in a personal, experiential way.

    For Deputy Commanding Gen. of U.S. Army Recruiting Command Brig. Gen. Henry L. Huntley, the hope is for people to “see how technology transfers not only from the Army but to the civilian sector of our lives.”

    “We partner with America to make things great for the Army, but also for the U.S.,” Huntley said. “That’s what’s important."



    Date Taken: 01.05.2013
    Date Posted: 01.05.2013 19:22
    Story ID: 100006
    Location: SAN ANTONIO, TX, US 

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