During my time in USAREC, I have experienced many changes, not only within the command, but more importantly, changes within myself both personally and professionally. The profession of recruiting selfless and courageous young men and women into our Army is one of distinction and of privilege and it has grown significantly within me. When I reflect on my senior year in high school, I cannot help but think of how confused and lost I was about my future, but that soon changed when I met with my recruiter, then, SSG Donna Shields. I remember her as a caring, loving, and professional NCO who took an honest interest in my future and I wanted to be just like her, a Soldier. I now have the same opportunity, to assist, guide, and mentor great Americans in accomplishing lifelong goals, just as I have, and the feeling is indescribable.
As a command that has experienced many changes since its activation on October 1st, 1964, one thing remains constant - to effectively, successfully, and continuously provide the strength for our Army, with quality young men and women. Such vital task is that of USAREC's finest Soldiers and civilians, whose proven ability, commitment, and dedication represent the exceptional traditions of the Army, military service, and USAREC. I am proud to celebrate such monumental achievement with everyday professionals that take pride in changing people's lives.
As a command that is constantly evolving, USAREC, always prioritizes the welfare of its Soldiers and family members, thus, it is important that we continue to provide the strength for our Army in the face of adversity and changes, our nation is relying on us. The unwavering commitment and dedication of its members is what has made USAREC great for 50 years and what will make it even greater for another 50 years and beyond.
Congratulations USAREC, you look great at 50!
SFC Hector Lopez
U.S. Army Recruiter
Pearlridge Army Career Center
98-151 Pali Momi Street Ste 108
Aiea, Hawaii 96701