FORT LEE, Va. (June 29, 2017) — Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, commanding general, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky, brought 28 national-level educators and Luis Soto-Ruiz, a civilian aide to the Secretary to the Army, to Fort Lee for a two-day tour June 21-22.
The goal of the 2017 National Educator Tour was to show the level of education, career choices and areas of specialty offered to young men and women who choose to come into the Army. The tour started with marksmanship testing with Engagement Skills Training simulators, and was followed with other activities such as going on a convoy using the Reconfigurable Vehicle Tactical Trainer simulator.
Maj. Gen. Paul C. Hurley Jr., Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general, took part in a meet-and-greet and addressed the group. For 30 minutes, he shared his experiences working with “these dedicated and incredibly capable young men and women who serve our nation.” He shared stories of Soldiers “with profound courage, dedication and patriotism, many times from young individuals you never thought had it in them.”
No Fort Lee tour is complete without showing off the specialties of the culinary staff. Joint Culinary Center of Excellence Training Director Ray Beu showed samples of meals prepared for the Advanced Culinary Skills Training end-of- course meal. They were able to go behind the scenes to see staff instructing the military culinarians before they took out plates of perfectly placed food items.
Additionally, the group attended the 275th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion deployment ceremony and then witnessed Snow giving the oath of enlistment to nine new recruits at Lee’s Military Entrance Processing Station.
Keeping this particular tour on schedule was difficult because the educators had so many questions at each stop. Snow took part in both days of the tour, once sitting in the back seat of the RVTT while his gunner, driver and radio personnel were civilian educators.
“As in past tours, military and civilian personnel at Fort Lee came together in professional fashion to create a remarkable experience for our guests,” said Stephen Baker, director, Fort Lee Public Affairs.
For the 28 educators, they will not forget this trip. The many young Soldiers who crossed their paths left an impression that they are now part of something much bigger than themselves. And they wouldn’t have it any other way, said one of the educators.