Va. Air National Guard recruiters recognized for dedication to excellence

The Virginia Air National Guard recruiters were recognized Aug. 4, 2013 for their hard work and dedication to improving the recruiting and retention status for the Va. ANG throughout the past year.  National Guard Bureau recognized two of the Va. ANG recruiters through upgraded recruiting badges and awards. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Meghan Skrepenski, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

The Virginia Air National Guard recruiters were recognized Aug. 4, 2013 for their hard work and dedication to improving the recruiting and retention status for the Va. ANG throughout the past year. National Guard Bureau recognized two of the Va. ANG recruiters through upgraded recruiting badges and awards. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Meghan Skrepenski, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia Air National Guard recruiters were recognized Aug. 4, 2013, for their hard work and dedication to improving the recruiting and retention status for the Va. ANG throughout the past year. The Va. ANG recruiting team has increased the total manning for the commonwealth to 96 percent, up from a low of 87.6 percent in 2012. National Guard Bureau recognized two of the Va. ANG recruiters through upgraded recruiting badges and awards.

Master Sgt. Neil Keane, 203rd Red HORSE Recruiting and Retention Non-Commissioned Officer, was recognized by NGB as Region IV RRNCO of the Year for 2012. Keane was selected among RRNCO’s in 10 other states for the title. Keane was also recognized as second quarter RRNCO with the most accessions. Top Accession is when a RRNCO acquires the most enlistments in comparison to other RRNCO’s in their prospective region.

Keane who has been recruiting for 12 years said, “The change from two recruiting departments to one recruiting team has been helpful. But you don’t see immediate results. We had to make sure we all had the same main goal, to work together and communicate together while working as a team.”

“We know more of what is needed and what is expected of us,” said Keane. “Now as things have fallen into place we know what we can do to fill positions.”

Keane was upgraded by NGB from wearing the 115 percent recruiting badge to wearing the Regional Master Gold Badge indefinitely.

ANG R&R Basic Silver badge is issued upon completion of recruiter training and is worn one to three years. The ANG R&R Senior Silver badge is awarded upon completion of three years as a recruiter and is worn three to six years. The ANG R&R Master Silver badge is awarded upon completing six years and is worn until separated or retired. The ANG R&R Regional Master Gold badge is awarded to regional winners and is worn indefinitely.

Tech.Sgt. Rick Dumas, Va. ANG Production Recruiter, was recognized by NGB as Region IV 2011 Rookie Production Recruiter of the Year. NGB has upgraded Dumas’ Basic Recruiting badge to a Master Recruiting badge to wear indefinitely.
Dumas was also presented with a Hard Charger Award from the Va. ANG Recruiting office.

Dumas, who has been recruiting for almost 4 years said, “ As a whole the Va. ANG Recruiting and Retention team had collectively realized and understood the Commonwealth’s mission.”

“We have a lot of unity in the office and have discussed and realized goals together,” said Dumas. “We have a much higher cohesion then ever before.”
Master Sgt. Dan L. Miller, recruiting office supervisor said, “We have people who want to do their job, the right people are in place and working hard.”

This is the biggest year for recruiting within the last few years, said Miller. Having a full recruiting team has resulted in seeing the numbers go up.

The Va. ANG Recruiting and Retention office presented Miller with the Outstanding Commitment Award for his commitment and dedication to excellence. Miller has been recruiting for 14 years.

Senior Master Sgt. Angela D. Hill, Va. ANG Recruiting and Retention Superintendent said, “I am very proud to be a part of this team. I am a true believer in taking care of your people. When you do that, they take care of you. When they succeed, I succeed.”