By Spc. Monica K. Smith, Combat Aviation Bde Public AffairsAugust 20, 2009
HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga.- A Soldier waits patiently as the men around him gather light readings and discuss shot angles. The light pouring in from the hangar doors creates shadows on the concrete floor that only add to the setting says a film crew member. The Soldier laughs as he is asked to look into the camera and to act naturally. Just another day in the life of a Chinook crew chief he says.
The Soldier is Sgt. Chris Kjose, Company B, 2th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. Kjose, along with other Soldiers in the 3rd ID were asked to be part of creating new military occupational specialty videos for the Army.
"I did an interview a few weeks ago and then I got a call that said they wanted to use me for their MOS video, and I said, 'okay,'" Kjose said. "It was a cool experience. They filmed in my hangar so I had my company around me watching me get makeup put on. It was fun though, and I got to talk about my job."
"The most difficult part of the production of these videos is the casting," said Garrett Freberg, producer with the Accessions Command video team. "Most people don't like a camera put in their face, and it is extremely tough to not be nervous. Kjose did a fantastic job and will certainly be an inspiration to young people who view this video. Sergeant Richard Schmidt (Black Hawk crew chief with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade) was also a great candidate. He really warmed up to the camera nicely. We worked with him the week before the actual interview, and I think that really helped him find his own in front of the camera."
Richie Kulchar, poducer, says the video will help potential recruits have an idea of what their job entails.
"Our first and foremost goal for creating the MOS videos is to simply give the general public and prospective recruits a clear, informational, and truthful understanding of the various types of skills they can pursue if they join the Army," Kulchar said. "There are nearly 180 different jobs a Soldier can aim to become involved with, and that's pretty impressive, considering the civilian job market does not commonly offer us such a vast selection of potential careers to generate for oneself."
In addition to Chinook crew chiefs, the team also filmed other MOS's such as air traffic controllers, veterinarians, petroleum supply specialists and Black Hawk crew chiefs at Hunter.
"I think it's really a good opportunity because not only am I representing Army crew chiefs but I'm also representing the CAB and my battalion and my company," Sgt. Schmidt said. "This video is going to be seen by potential Soldiers, potential crew chiefs, around the world, and I have the honor of representing my MOS. It feels good. I'm glad I get to do it."
Kulchar says their goal is to produce a video for every MOS in the Army within the next six to 12 years.
"We hope to fill out the areas within the Army that need more dedicated and enthusiastic Soldiers to become a part of. By doing that, we're building a better, more well-rounded Army, and that is a very positive thing."