Spotlight on...Master Sgt. Julie Saorrono
March 28, 2012
A native of Aibonito, Puerto Rico, Master Sgt. Julie A. Saorrono was recently recognized for her contributions in support of the Army Contracting Command's premiere pre-deployment exercise, Joint Dawn 2012, held at Fort Bliss, Texas, Jan. 19 until Feb. 3.
According to Sgt. Maj. Dennis Richardson, senior enlisted noncommissioned officer, 904th Contingency Contracting Battalion, 412th Contracting Support Brigade, Saorrono reclassified into the contracting career from a previous assignment with the brigade S-1 as a Human Resources NCO.
Though she already led a successful Army career in HR, Saorrono said it was a much needed change she felt drawn to after seeing an advertisement for 51-Charlies (acquisition, logistics and technology contracting NCOs). She adds that this change affords her multiple avenues to lead and train Soldiers as well as demonstrate her commitment to supporting the war fighter, military contingency operations abroad and disaster recovery efforts at home.
Valued as one of the top achievers in the command, the master sergeant serves as the 904th as the plans and operations NCOIC at Fort Knox, Ky., and was recently selected as the panel NCOIC for the fiscal year 2008 Command Sgt. Maj./Sgt. Maj. Selection Board.
A dedicated wife and mother of two, Saorrono found it difficult to leave her family behind but felt it necessary to deploy to Afghanistan for a year to gain the experience as a contracting NCO. This experience proved valuable in the planning and execution of various exercises for the unit and the command. She has done this while pursuing her bachelor's degree in general science.