In a ceremony at the Pentagon today, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen presented Secretary of Defense Coins to 17 top Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps recruiters in recognition of their recruiting achievements during fiscal 1998. The recognition ceremony was attended by senior Defense officials, the secretaries of the military Departments, senior military officers of each Service, and the commanders, directors and chiefs of the recruiting commands for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, both active forces and reserve forces.
Speaking to the recruiters, Cohen said, "I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for what you do and all you mean to the country in terms of attracting talent from that talent pool that is so competitive right now."
The recruiters and achievements recognized were:
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Thomas R. Krech, Army Recruiter of the Year, assigned to El Monte Recruiting Station, El Monte, Calif.;
U.S. Navy Aviation Administrationman 1st Class Larrion D. Cassidy, Navy Enlisted Recruiter of the Year, assigned to the Navy Recruiting Station, Lawton, Okla.;
U.S. Navy Lt. David E. Nieves, Officer Recruiter of the Year, assigned to the Navy Recruiting District, Nashville, Tenn.;
U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Forrester L. Goodrich Jr., 8th Marine Corps District Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, assigned to the Recruiter Station, New Orleans, La.;
U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Shawn L. Young, Marine Corps Recruiter of the Year, stationed at Fort Smith, Ark.;
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Scott L. Brooke, Air Force Recruiter of the Year, assigned to the 364th Recruiting Squadron, Sacramento, Calif.;
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. James L. Cadwell, Air Force Gold Medallion Winner, assigned to the 369th Recruiting Squadron, Aiea, Hawaii;
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Brian G. Adams, Army Reserve Recruiter of the Year, assigned to Spring Lake Recruiting Station, Spring Lake, N.C.;
U.S. Naval Reserve Counselor 1st Class Thomas G. Hahn Jr., Naval Reserve Enlisted Recruiter of the Year, assigned to the Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center, Bossier City, La.;
U.S. Naval Reserve Lt. Julie A. Hammond, Naval Reserve Officer Recruiter of the Year, assigned to the Naval Reserve Recruiting Command, Great Lakes, Ill.;
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Gunnery Sgt. James D. Boykin, Marine Corps Reserve Prior Service Recruiter of the Year, assigned to U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Orlando, Fla.;
U.S. Air Force Reserve Senior Master Sgt. Patrick G. Dreer Sr., Air Force Reserve Top Health Professions Recruiter, assigned to Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga.;
U.S. Air Force Reserve Tech. Sgt. Duren T. Harmon, Air Force Reserve Rookie Recruiter of the Year, assigned to Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga.;
U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Jerrell D. Wright, Chief of the National Guard Bureau Top 50, assigned to the 138th Signal Battalion, Anderson, Ind.;
U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Wesley J. Peterson, Recruiting and Retention Advisory Committee Recruiter of the Year, assigned to Cedar City Recruiting Station, Cedar City, Utah;
U.S. Air National Guard Master Sgt. Kelly R. Smith, Air National Guard Geographically Separated Unit Recruiting and Retention Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, stationed in Brunswick, Ga.; and
U.S. Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Virgil L. Walker, Air National Guard Rookie Recruiter of the Year, assigned to the 137th Airlift Wing, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Prior to the recognition ceremony, the Secretary of Defense, the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, and the Service secretaries held a roundtable discussion about recruiting with the 17 recruiters.