News: Maj. Norton recruits soldiers at Orange County Fair
Story by 1st Lt. Fernando Ochoa
COSTA MESA, Calif. - Maj. Emily Norton, Newport Beach Recruiting Company commander and event organizer, hosted a recruiting event and future soldier swearing-in ceremony July 26 at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Orange County Fair Army Day.
“We hope to highlight career opportunities in the Army,” said Norton. “Our goal is to show how great Southern California units are and reconnect with the Southern California public.”
This event helped the public understand that there is no limit to the opportunities in the Army and no limit to what one can learn and achieve. With expert training in 150 different jobs for soldiers on active duty and more than 120 in the Army Reserve, the Army provides recruits the training and experience that gives them a big edge over those in the civilian world.
This event helped Army recruiters get out the message. Along with the 300th Army Band, which represents three branches of the Army and all five services, the Adventure Semi 1, a self-contained exhibit vehicle, was on display for the public. This traveling billboard is a culmination of hands-on and interactive systems, which enable the public to get a glimpse at Army occupations.
The AS1 has simulators that give visitors a look at what it is like to be a tank crew member, Apache pilot, infantryman and explosion ordinance disposal soldier, just to name a few. Many people who came to the OC Fair also visited this venue. Their motto is, “We connect the American people with the American army.”
Future soldiers who have already taken the oath assembled to take the oath again. Sixty eight recruits stood at attend as Maj. Norton gave an inspirational speech in which she thanked them for their patriotism and welcomed them to the Army. After they were sworn in again, the crowd encouraged them with a loud applause.
“Being that this was the first time this event was held, I think we were successful reaching the public,” said Norton. “Hopefully this will become an annual event.”
Now that the Army is more technically mechanized than ever before, recruiters are challenged to find the best recruits available and events like this help career counselor find the best candidates.