By Pfc. Sean McGuireApril 21, 2010
FORT HOOD, Texas (April 21, 2010) -- Recruiters from the White House Transportation Agency went to Fort Hood, Texas, to find the Army's best drivers. The recruiters targeted specific transportation-type units within III Corps such as the 4th Sustainment Brigade and 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary).
The WHTA is looking for noncommissioned officers to serve as master drivers for the first family, White House staff, and official visitors of the first family in the Washington, D.C. area.
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Simpson is the deputy director for the WHTA. He started the meeting off by asking who had been deployed at least three times. The majority of the room raised their hands. With that Simpson gave them something to think about.
Aca,!A"Who here would like to travel with the president and stay in the same hotels as him for the next three years'Aca,!A? asked Simpson.
Sgt. 1st Class Robert Robinson, the head recruiter for the WHTA, followed that selling point up with a briefing detailing the prerequisites, training, and benefits Soldiers can find in serving the White House.
Serving with the WHTA is a three-year term, eventually amounting to four, due to processing. It is open to certain job-types and ranks and the benefits range from earning the Presidential Service Badge to education opportunities, according to Robinson.
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Robinson and Simpson made it clear that the NCOs being looked at are the ones who have led Soldiers on numerous deployments and who are looking for a change.
Aca,!A"IAca,!a,,cm looking for the best NCOs in the corps that have the drive and motivation to lead and excel,Aca,!A? Simpson said. Aca,!A"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Only two percent of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Aca,!Eoe88-MikesAca,!a,,c meet the qualifications.Aca,!A?
The briefing piqued the interest of Staff Sgt. Arthur Mallory, a husband and father of two.
Aca,!A"I definitely like how thereAca,!a,,cs the chance of taking a break from deployments,Aca,!A? said Mallory, who serves with the 4th Sustainment Brigade and has deployed three times. Aca,!A"Beyond that, thereAca,!a,,cs the job opportunities and stabilization for my family too.Aca,!A?
For more information on applying for the WHTA contact the WHTA recruiter at (202)-757-0754 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.