Ken Watson, "Mighty" 407th Army Field Support Brigade-Support Operations Office, Fort Hood, Texas, speaks with two young adults on the Army career opportunities for civilians at the NAACP 103rd Annual Convention in Houston held July 7-12. (Photo by Donald Hudson, "Mighty" 407th AFSB Public Affairs)

FORT HOOD, Texas -- Al Rodgers and Kenneth Watson, civilian employees with the "Mighty" 407th Army Field Support Brigade headquarters, represented the Army Sustainment Command at the NAACP 103rd Annual Convention in Houston July 7-12.

The Army civilians were there to set up and help run a career booth with Soldiers, and to convey a message to young adults -- that there is another career side of the Army besides soldiering.

That other side is the Army Civilian Corps.

"Our mission is not to recruit or represent the Army. Our responsibility is to convey a message to all attending that there is another career side of the Army as well as being a soldier. That side is the Army Civilian Corps," said Sue Parnell, project manager, an Army Materiel Command representative.

AMC is the higher headquarters of ASC.

Parnell said that Army civilian careers can be achieved by putting your skills to work in more than 300 different occupations, such as nursing, social work, contracting, psychology, and many other skilled occupations.

Asked about his role of attending the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's national convention, Watson, chief of Army Force Generation, Readiness, said: "I think that it is important to be here to speak with young adults, and to discuss professional options to their careers. When speaking to attendees at the career booth, most did not know that a career as a civilian was even an option."

"The NAACP Conference was very beneficial from a government civilian perceptive. It allowed the community to see that there are people of color in leadership positions within the government," said Rodgers.

"The event also emphasized that the mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is to reach out to all people, including people of color. It proved to be a great experience for me, and it reflected well for all of AMC and ASC personnel."

The Army Civilian Corps consists of experienced civilian personnel committed to serving the nation. Army civilians are an integral part of the Army team. They provide mission-essential capability, stability and continuity during war and peace time.

For more information on requirements to become an Army civilian, visit the Army Civilian Human Resources on the web at: http://acpol.army.mil/employment.

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