Army couple reaffirms commitment to serve
April 15, 2009
<b> FORT BENNING, Ga. </b> - Spc. Bradley Tollberg, a scout in the 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and his wife, Spc. Sadie Tollberg, the nuclear, biological and chemical clerk for Headquarters Troop, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, reenlisted together in front of the 3rd HBCT's Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial on Fort Benning, April 9.
The couple extended their enlistment four more years and both received a signing bonus. In addition, both reenlisted for stabilization to stay at Fort Benning.
"The Army gives us both a steady paycheck and, with the economy going south, it was a good move for both of us," said Bradley Tollberg. "We both enjoy it here."
Sadie Tollberg agreed with her husband's assessment and is glad that they are staying with the 3rd HBCT.
"We are both progressing in our positions and getting the schools we want," she said. "There was no need to go somewhere else and start over."
Master Sgt. Thomas Olsen, the career counselor for the 3rd HBCT, commended both Soldiers for deciding to stay with the brigade.
"I think it says a lot about both of them, and the brigade, that they reenlisted to stay with this unit," he said. "Knowing that the brigade will deploy again, they both chose not to go somewhere else. They have already made the ultimate commitment to each other; it is nice to see that it carried over to the brigade."
Olsen thinks that both Soldiers were wise to take the bonuses they received while they were still available.
"With the economy the way it is, I can guarantee that bonuses will not increase," he said. "I told them what I tell everyone who is considering reenlisting; get them while they are available. There is never a guarantee what is here today will be there tomorrow."