Kentucky recruiters achieve mission for seventh consecutive year

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Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

 

Soldiers of the Kentucky Army National Guard's 2-75th Recruiting and Retention Battalion stand on the steps of the State Capitol in recognition of their achievement of meeting their recruiting mission for the seventh year in a row, Monday, Oct. 18. In addition to meeting their recruiting mission, the 2-75th has also maintained the State's retention rate at over 95%. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Army National Guard recruiters from across the Commonwealth gathered on the steps of the State Capitol to be recognized for a milestone achievement June 18.

 

For the seventh consecutive year, Soldiers of the 275th Recruiting and Retention Battalion have achieved recruiting goals and kept the Kentucky Army National Guard at 100 percent strength.

“This is a significant achievement for Kentucky,” said Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini.  “We have been able to maintain our strength at 100 percent despite having deployed more than 14,000 Soldiers since Sept. 11, 2001.”

In addition to meeting recruiting goals, the 2-75th RR also helped the Kentucky Army National Guard maintain a 95 percent retention rate of Soldiers currently serving.

Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini, the Adjutant General of Kentucky, addresses Soldiers of the 2-75th Recruiting and Retention Battalion and recognizes their achievement of meeting their recruiting mission for seven consecutive years, Monday, Oct. 18. In addition to meeting their mission, the 2-75th also helped the Kentucky Army National Guard maintain a retention rate of over 95%. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

“While it is vitally important to maintain our strength, it is equally important that we retain our most experienced and best-trained Soldiers,” said Maj. Tamara Hurst, commander of the 2-75th RR.

“By keeping our experienced Soldiers, we ensure that the Kentucky National Guard can meet whatever challenge comes our way.”

Hurst also said that Kentucky Guard recruiters are already well on their way to meeting recruiting goals for the eighth-year running.

Check out the video below by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Oliver, 133rd MPAD

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