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    Helping Marines choose their path: Career Planner of the Year

    Helping Marines choose their path: Career Planner of the Year

    Photo By Cpl. Christopher Johns | Maj. Gen. Andrew W. O’Donnell, Jr., left, the commanding general of 3rd Marine...... read more read more



    Story by Pfc. Christopher Johns 

    Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. - Out of 62 career planners in the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, only one earned the distinction Career Planner of the Year.

    Sgt. Molly A. Howe, a career planner with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 3, continuously takes initiative to better herself and takes time to help Marines choose the right paths for their careers.

    Howe won the title after competing against three other career planners on a board where members judged her ability to meet interview and re-enlistment missions. They also evaluated her off duty education, Professional Military Education, rifle qualifications, Combat Fitness Test and Physical Fitness Test.

    “[The board] also looks to see what we’ve contributed to the Marine Corps and to the [military occupational specialty],” said Howe. “I’ve been really active in trying to improve our MOS.”

    In the last year career planner school acquisitioned a new company to help teach sales skills to Marines. In order to teach these new skills, the school had to get new materials, new handouts and new videos.

    “I participated in the new sales skills video in career planner school,” said Howe. “So all the new guys that are going through school get to see my face on the screen teaching them those skills.”

    By doing this, she plays a big role in teaching new career planners more effective interview techniques with Marines who either want to stay active duty or pursue opportunities outside of the Marine Corps.

    “When she interacts with our Marines on a one-on-one basis, not only does she focus on the personal aspect, but she focuses on the overall picture,” said Gunnery Sgt. Vargas, a career planner with 3rd MAW and Bayamon, Puerto Rico, native. “Such as the Marine’s career, different options they can choose, whether they are financially stable and whether they want to stay in or get out.”

    Howe’s dedication and love of her job shows every time she interviews a Marine.

    “Sgt. Howe has been able to come above and beyond her peers when it comes to interviews, and re-enlistments, whether it’s a senior enlistment or a junior Marine; she brings it all to the table day in, and day out,” said Vargas.

    Howe accomplished 124 percent of her overall mission. She completed 100 percent of her interviews and her Commanding General’s Inspection was outstanding.

    “She is extremely deserving of this award,” said Vargas. “I do believe she is the top career planner right here in 3rd MAW.”

    Now that 3rd MAW is awarding Howe the Career Planner of the Year, the only question left is – What is next?

    “I really just want to keep doing my job and help Marines,” said Howe.

    A humble Howe appreciated the chance she earned to represent the 3rd MAW. Her way of paying it forward is to make sure that the Marines of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing’s MWHS-3 are guided in their future endeavors.



    Date Taken: 02.03.2012
    Date Posted: 02.06.2012 17:02
    Story ID: 83430

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