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Greetings 2MRB Gladiator Family and Friends –
During my change of command ceremony remarks in July, I quoted President Teddy Roosevelt who said, “Far and away the best prize that life has to oﬀer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” Although I meant it at the moment, I am even more convinced today. The arduous duty to recruit healthcare professionals is one that requires the best among the best. All of you are part of a wonderful team that has set the right conditions for Fiscal Year 2011. We cannot waver at a time in history when our Nation and Army need the most from us. In order to preserve our Fighting Strength, we must all unite and consolidate our eﬀorts to achieve our mission. This year in particular, it is not about volume, but rather about precision recruiting. We must recruit those critical specialties that our Army requires to sustain our ongoing engagements. That is why I request your - all of you - synergistic support. Although our recruiters are at ground-level, spearheading the drive to succeed, it is necessary for all of us to Lieutenant Col. Jose L. Garcia ﬁnd ways to enhance such drive. That entails Recruiters, Station Commanders, Company and Battalion Command Teams, staﬀ members, Family members and force multipliers such as Centers of Inﬂuence (COIs) and Subject Matter Expert (SME) contributors. Overall, the Gladiators’ future is bright. With the Army Values and Warrior Ethos in mind we will continue to exude a resilient approach resulting in strong minded teams that include our Family members. Let’s embrace each other and forge ahead to achieve what our nation expects of us. We are members of the best Army in the world and ought to feel privileged every single day. We need all to rally so we can achieve success. Lastly, I want to highlight Family members’ contributions who equally give so much for us to succeed. Their steadfast support creates a solid foundation that transpires throughout our day-to-day rigors. I look forward to what is to come.
Join the club
Sgt. 1st Class Robert Gay compares uniforms with a potential future Soldier and member of the Priceville, Ala., Elementary School Military Club. Gay and 2d MRB Personnel Administrator Stephen Hogan made an appearance at the school’s Club Day to speak with the Military Club. Gay served as the battalion’s master trainer and has since moved to the Morrow Medical Recruiting Station where he is the station commander.
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Volunteer and track service through Army One Source
By Laura Allen, 2d MRB Soldier Family Assistance Manager
Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity to meet new, interesting people and a rewarding way to give back to your community. Army One Source has developed a Web site that will help you ﬁnd positions available in our battalion as well as in your community. Go to www.myarmyonesource.com. On the left hand corner of the page click on Family Programs and Services, you will ﬁnd “volunteering” at the bottom of the page. Follow the instructions
to sign up as a volunteer. Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) site provides tools to manage your volunteer activities. By doing so, you will be eligible for the awards and recognition all volunteers deserve. A VMIS class will be part of our Annual Training Conference this year. VMIS is also an excellent tool for Soldiers to log their community support and may help justify the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
Flyers that don’t ﬂy
Recruiter created ﬂyers, posters and other advertising material should not be used as it does not fall in line with the Army’s branding guidelines. Please contact the battalion A&PA to order properly branded material.
Harding is battalion’s new master trainer
Sergeant 1st Class Douglas Harding is the battalion’s new master trainer. Harding says the position is a good ﬁt because it is in line with his views on training. “I think training is more than a requirement, it’s a need,” Harding said. “Training is ongoing and it also should be fun and beneﬁcial.” As a former station commander, Harding says a program is only as good as the support it receives. “It’s important to get behind the training and to get creative.” In his role, Harding will deSergeant 1st Class Douglas Harding at his desk in velop, assess, evaluate and manage training programs throughout 2nd MRB headquarters. (Army photo by Sgt. 1st the battalion. He also will assist in Class Michael Alves.) implementing, conducting and managing the battalion crisis plan. In addition, Harding tracks APFT results and NCOES courses.
The long arm of the Web
A Belgian citizen put pen to paper this month after coming across the 2nd MRB website. Kenneth Heselwood described himself as a 63-year-old retired chief inspector with the Brussels District Police. Heselwood wrote Lt. Col. Jose L. Garcia expressing his interest in the Army and oﬀering a gesture of support to the battalion commander. The writer said his father had been in World War II and died when Heselwood was 7-years-old. “I hope the colonel shall accept this humble letter of support from a former Belgian police oﬃcer,” the letter said. Garcia said he was honored to receive the letter and is a true believer now in the long reach and impact of the Internet.
Face in the crowd: Torre goes the distance
Even with 30,000 runners, those who signed up for this year’s Army 10-miler in October considered themselves the lucky ones. That’s because registration sold out in just 35 hours after it opened back in April. Atlanta Recruiting Company’s Sgt. 1st Class Miah Torre was prepared to race the registration clock and signed up when the registration opened at midnight. In the race itself, it wasn’t so much a battle against time as it was a reunion with former recruiting colleagues from the Baltimore battalion. “This was the third year I’ve run it,” said Torre, who ﬁnished the race in 1:50:49. “It’s so exciting to be among 30,000 people and to see all the support. It’s motivating to see those who are running for family members lost in Afghanistan and Iraq and to see the veterans with prosthetic legs and wheel chairs participating in the race or handing out water.” The annual race held at the Pentagon is held in conjunction with the Association for the United States Army convention.
New CSAT requirement
Recruiters who arrived in USAREC after Oct. 1 fall under the new Recruiter Development Program outlined in USAREC Pamphlets 350-2 and 350-14. All USAREC Soldiers in grades E-4 to E-8 are required to take the Critical Skills Assessment Test (CSAT). Reference USAREC Messages 10-208 and 11-022.
Sergeant 1st. Class Miah Torre
Soule on board for Advertising/Public Aﬀairs
Lisa Soule is the new Advertising and Public Aﬀairs chief for the battalion. Soule ﬁlls the position that has been vacant since early July. In her position, Soule will process all TAIR requests and support recruiting eﬀorts by providing marketing, advertising and public aﬀairs assistance and support. Soule comes to the battalion from USAREC headquarters where she was associate editor for the Recruiter Journal magazine. “I am glad to have had the experience at USAREC headquarters,” Soule said. “I think it provides me with a good perspective as I take on this role.” Her public aﬀairs background includes both the military and private sector. She managed media and public relations for a large teaching hospital and previously worked as a writer/editor for the Army in Germany.
Make a dry run
Before a commissioning ceremony, make sure to do a “dry run.” Download a draft of the DCA contract and review it for accuracy. E-mail a copy to the applicant so they can review it pending board results and ask if they have any questions. This will allow for a smooth commissioning ceremony.
Dr. Andrew Kusienski is commissioned by Brig. General Hector E. Pagan before a Marlins game at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium.
Atlanta MRC and Columbus MRS conducted a MultiAOC Joint Recruiting event with an AMEDD Medical Symposium at Auburn University.
Maj. Katherine Murdock performs the oath for First Lt. Mann, an Army Reserve perioperative nurse. Sgt. MichicaTrillo of Gainesville MRS attended the Florida Society of Oral and Maxiofacial Surgeons Conference,shown here with Dr. David Thompson, current board select pending waiver approval.
A large crowd at Vanderbilt witnessed the commissioning of Allyson Grinage shown here with Capt. Amy McIntosh.
Survey says: Focusing on ﬁnal year residents may be too late
By Tony Robinson, 2d MRB Missions and Marketing Analyst
In a 2009 Merritt Hawkins survey, ﬁnal-year residents were asked to rate various sources they use to learn about medical opportunities. They used a one to three scale, with one being most important and three being least important. The Internet received a number one rating from 58 percent of respondents and was clearly the most highly rated for learning about medical jobs. Medical Recruiters received a one rating by 39 percent of residents, while 34 percent gave medical journals a number one rating. Personal networking also was highly rated, receiving a one or a two rating from 76 % of residents. This is a clear indication that COIs and our Future Soldiers are very valuable in getting the Army story out to our market. The 2009 survey indicates that residents have become very proactive in their job searches. Eighty percent said they began to seriously examine practice opportunities more than one year before completion of their training. Only 1 percent said they waited until six months before the end of their training to seriously examine practice opportunities. Residents surveyed in 2009 were much more proactive in examining medical practices opportunities than were residents surveyed in previous years. Over the past seven years, the number of residents surveyed who began seriously examining practice opportunities early has steadily increased. The 2009 survey therefore reinforced the fact that recruiters need to contact resident students about job opportunities well before their ﬁnal year or risk trying to recruit that last 1 percent who are looking for opportunities.
Good life gets better for new Army doctor
By Lisa Soule, 2d MRB Advertising & Public Affairs A Russian dermatologist didn’t have it bad in her Siberian homeland. “I don’t want to complain,” said Dr. Tatyana Gluzberg in her heavily accented English. “I had a really good life.” With a strong medical practice in Russia, coming to America On the advice of her peers, she did not pursue a dermatology residency. Instead, she decided to expand herself professionally by gaining a second specialty in family medicine. Those same colleagues and mentors also pointed her in the direction of the military. Gluzberg was recently commissioned in the Army Reserve and hopes the training she receives will not only be a beneﬁt to Soldiers, but to the retirees whom she sees regularly in her Myrtle Beach, S.C., practice. Charleston, S.C., Medical Recruiting Station Recruiter Sgt. 1st Class Eugene Arcurio said Gluzberg’s call was diﬀerent than many he receives. “Here was a physician who wanted to be part of the military because it would make her feel good,” Arcurio said. “All she wanted was a chance to do something for a country that had done so much for her.” Gluzberg sees her service as both a challenge and an opportunity. “To me, it’s what I can give back,” she said. “This is an amazing country to be in.”
was never Gluzberg’s dream. “That dream belonged to my brother,” she said. “I was too busy to have any dream.” Her brother did come to the United States and had applied for their mother to come as well. “He was bugging me to come,” she said of her brother. “We are really close.” She ﬁnally decided to check it out. Gluzberg attended a medical conference in Boston and stayed for an extended vacation. She has this warning for other foreigners: if you stay in the United States three months, you will never want to leave. “It doesn’t matter what you did or what kind of life you had in another country,” she said. “I just loved it, I wanted to stay.” For Gluzberg, staying in America meant starting over. Although she wouldn’t have to repeat medical school, she would have to pass all her exams and do another residency before she could practice here. But her desire to stay helped her see beyond those obstacles. “At 40 years old, I started from scratch,” she said. “After 16 years in practice, this was a tough time.” But the connections and mentorship she received pointed her on a new path and ultimately Dr. Tatyana Gluzberg accepts congratulations from Capt. Whiteford McWaters after taking the oath. into the U.S. Army.
Welcome new Soldiers
Not Pictured: Staﬀ Sgt. Hassan Fuller Recruiter Gainesville MRS Staﬀ Sgt. John Agnew Recruiter Morrow MRS
Capt. David Tyson OIC Miami MRS
Sgt. 1st Class Jason Quijas Station Commander Lexington MRS
Staﬀ Sgt. Javier Torres Recruiter Tampa MRS
Sgt. Ebony Donaldson Recruiter Birmingham MRS
Sgt. Thomas Hapner Recruiter Orlando MRS
Operations Update: Moving forward with precision
We have identiﬁed Areas of Concentration that are most critical to our mission. We hope you can help. Whether you have been formally identiﬁed as “Center of Inﬂuence” or you are a friend of the Army medical recruiting mission, keep these specialties in mind as you make your way through medical circles and your communities. Mission critical medical specialties: ing those Areas of Concentration that are needed most. To that end, our Medical Recruiting Companies have conducted several events. Nashville Medical Recruiting Station and Company hosted an Education Tour at Guilford College taking advantage of nearby Fort Bragg and Womack Army Hospital. Twenty-ﬁve educators attended and the event generated 22 leads. Nashville also held a half-time commissioning ceremony in front of a packed crowd during a Vanderbilt football game. Atlanta Company and the Columbus Medical Recruiting Station conducted an AMEDD Medical Symposium focusing on multiple AOCs at Auburn University. About 400 students were a captive audience for the many Subject Matter Experts that helped tell the Army story. Orlando Company and the Gainesville Medical Recruiting Station attended the Florida Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Conference, concentrating on a critical AOC. We continue to penetrate the Savannah area with plans to open a recruiting station there in the near future.
•Internal Medicine •Family Practice •Preventive Medicine •Psychiatrist •Orthopedic Surgeon
•Thoracic Surgeon •General Surgeon •General Dentist •Social Worker •Clinical Psychologist •Emergency Medicine
The 2nd Medical Recruiting Battalion is currently on a mission of 331 which includes 159 Regular Army and 172 Army Reserve commissions. The focus is on precision recruiting, target-
Dyess shares Army message in Tennesee
John L. Dyess is a Reserve Ambassador who holds recruiting in high esteem. “If the Army’s role is to defend this station in support of its strategic military objective, then within that - the single most important task to support the Army is recruiting,” Dyess said. “It may sound corny or cliché, but without recruiting, the Army’s got an empty sack.” His aﬃliation with the Army Reserve began when he enlisted in 1965. He ultimately Lt. Col. Jose L. Garcia, John Dyess and SGM Cornelius retired as a lieutenant colonel Mack come together at an ESGR event in Knoxville. assigned to the 125th Army Reserve Command. With his University of Tennessee, Dyess stepped in support as both a Soldier and a civilian, to create the link. “I facilitate connections. I Dyess holds the distinction of supporting link people together, then I step back.” the Army Reserve for 44 percent of its 102Like other Reserve Ambassadors, Dyess year existence. said he uses his community contacts to help Dyess was ﬁrst appointed to the Army support the USAREC mission. “I’m happy Reserve Ambassador program in 2002. to do that,” he said. “In essence, I try to inThe Mississippi native resides in Knoxville, troduce medical recruiters to other Centers Tenn., where he continues to deliver the of Inﬂuence in support of their mission.” Army’s message on several fronts. Dyess Dyess has played an active role in the is one of two Reserve Ambassadors in the Committee for Employer Support of the state. Guard and Reserve since 1983 and is In his role as a Center of Inﬂuence, currently a Regional Chair for the organiDyess said he helps foster relationships. zation. Lt. Col. Jose L. Garcia and SGM When a company commander wanted to Cornelius Mack recently met up with hold a commissioning ceremony at the Dyess at an ESGR event in Knoxville.
Honoring new ambassador
Allie Braswell speaks at a reception in his honor hosted by the Tampa Recruiting Battalion. Braswell is the area’s new Army Reserve Ambassador. Orlando MRC Commander Capt. Rodney Hankins and Tampa MRS OIC Maj. Irving Fannell attended the event.
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