Va. Guard Recruit Sustainment Program named top in the nation

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, recognize Soldiers of the Virginia Guard’s Recruit Sustainment Program for being named the 2012 Army National Guard Recruit Sustainment Program of the Year.  RSPs across the nation are evaluated on a variety of criteria including recruit ship rate and quality control. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, recognize Soldiers of the Virginia Guard’s Recruit Sustainment Program for being named the 2012 Army National Guard Recruit Sustainment Program of the Year. RSPs across the nation are evaluated on a variety of criteria including recruit ship rate and quality control. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

SANDSTON, Va. – The Virginia Army National Guard’s Recruit Sustainment Program earned recognition from the National Guard Bureau as the 2012 Army National Guard Recruit Sustainment Program of the Year.  Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, presented the trophy to staff members of the RSP July 19, 2013, in Sandston, Va. Long also awarded 1st Sgt. David Patteson, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the RSP, with a Meritorious Service Medal in recognition of his work with the RSP.

“It’s an honor for me to do this,” Long said. “I’m big on us being the best we can be.”

RSPs among the 54 states and territories are evaluated on a variety of criteria, including number of recruits successfully reporting to Basic Combat Training, and quality control, which evaluates the administrative process for accuracy.

“Sir, when you first came on, you challenged us to excel and be the best in the nation,” said Maj. Walter Patrick, commander of the Recruiting and Retention Battalion. “This is a recognition of what these men delivered in response to your challenge.”

The goal of the Recruit Sustainment Program is to introduce new National Guard recruits to the basics of the U.S. Army before they attend Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training. The program is comprised of five phases, Red, White, Blue, Green and Gold, that are designed to help Soldiers achieve success during BCT and beyond. Training during the phases includes physical training, road marches and classes that familiarize the recruits with the U.S. Army’s military rank structure, proper wear of military uniforms and military customs.

“I’m just really pleased with the Virginia Guard, with recruiting and retention and with what you’ve done,” Long said to the RSP staff. “Not very many people get to be number one. Well done.”

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