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    NTAG Pittsburgh Sailors Meritoriously Advanced

    NTAG Pittsburgh Sailors Meritoriously Advanced

    Photo By Petty Officer 1st Class Benjamin Dobbs | 210420-N-RB168-0008 Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Taylor McAllister, assigned...... read more read more

    Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Benjamin Dobbs
    Navy Talent Acquisition Group Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh, Pa. (NNS)— Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Mariah Lowe, and Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Taylor McAllister, both assigned to Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) Pittsburgh, received meritorious advancement to first class petty officer during a ceremony at PPG Paints Arena, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Lowe and McAllister attended the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New Jersey Devils Military Appreciation Game that included recognition of veterans and military heroes. The Penguins hit the ice in specialty military jerseys to honor those who have served and currently serve our country. Each Penguins player selected one of the branches of the military to represent on his jersey.

    Cmdr. Brandon Smith, commanding officer of Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) Pittsburgh, oversaw the advancement and spoke during the ceremony.

    “It’s a very special day for the organization and these two Sailors,” Smith said. “For a recruiter to be successful, they really need to be integrated and understand and know their community. What we’re doing is not only recognizing achievement, but we’re also saying that as recruiters we are part of the Pittsburgh community. We value our partnerships, and we thank the Penguins for having us here.”
    Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Mariah Lowe, who is a big hockey fan, won’t soon forget all the day held in store for her.

    “It feels great, because I was born and raised in Pittsburgh so it’s nice to come home and be a recruiter,” Lowe said. “I think this is just proof if you work hard, you’re going to advance and do well in the Navy. I’m very grateful for my chain of command and my family. I think this is probably my new favorite day in my Navy career.”

    Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Taylor McAllister, a native of Saint Albans, West Virginia, always wanted to celebrate his career milestones with the Penguins. He planned on reenlisting in front of the Mario Lemieux statue, but being meritoriously promoted was the occasion that brought him to his desired location first.

    “Here we are standing in front of PPG Paints Arena and it’s insane, said McAllister. “This is the highlight of my time in Pittsburgh. It’s been awesome.”

    NTAG Pittsburgh’s role in national defense is to continue to man the Navy’s active and reserve components. NTAG Pittsburgh oversees Navy recruiting efforts over approximately 65,000 square miles of territory, across the states of Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, and Maryland.

    Navy Recruiting Command consists of a command headquarters, three Navy Recruiting Regions, 26 NTAGs and 64 Talent Acquisition Onboarding Centers (TAOCs) that serve more than 1,000 recruiting stations around the world. Their mission is to attract the highest quality candidates to assure the ongoing success of America’s Navy.
    For more news from Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, go to Follow Navy Recruiting on Facebook (, Twitter (@USNRecruiter) and Instagram (@USNRecruiter).



    Date Taken: 04.20.2021
    Date Posted: 04.21.2021 14:12
    Story ID: 394365
    Location: PITTSBURGH, PA, US 

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