Joe Coleman will always be recognized as one of Valley High School's greatest and most accomplished ...
Recruiting & Retention NCO
Joe Coleman will always be recognized as one of Valley High School's greatest and most accomplished ...
I want to congratulate the newest member of the Army National Guard, SPC Hodges. Thank you for trusting me as your recruiter and I hope to see great things from you! 🙌🏽🇺🇸
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Valley HS Students! Do you want to take the ASVAB? Or maybe you just want to see what jobs fit you best? This Saturday Ms.Delgadillo and myself will be hosting a virtual picat test!
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Congratulations CSM Lee! 🙌🏽🇺🇸
Lee replaces Taylor as 615th CSM
By Douglas Mallary, NMNG Public Affairs
SANTA FE, N.M. – 615th Transportation Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Taylor relinquished his responsibilities as the battalion’s senior enlisted leader to Command Sgt. Maj. Jarvis Lee Sept. 11 at the Regional Training Institute here.
Lt. Col. Peter Romero, the 615th commander, presided over the change of responsibility ceremony.
“When I first took command of the battalion, I quickly realized how much there was to learn. CSM Taylor was there to help me,” Romero said. “We didn’t always see eye-to-eye, but we always worked together to make the best decisions for the battalion.”
Turning to Lee, Romero said, “CSM Lee, I’ve known you for 20 years. We deployed together. I know we’re going to work well together.”
At the start of his remarks, Taylor recognized Col. Pia Romero in the audience. She is the immediate past commander of the 615th.
“Col. Romero was in command when I arrived and she helped teach me and gave me room to grow,” Taylor said. “Lt. Col. Romero continued to help me develop and grow.”
Taylor joined Col. Romero the next day as they became the new command team of the 111th Sustainment Brigade.
Lee was the first sergeant of the 1116th Transportation Company when the New Mexico Army National Guard was notified that unit’s force structure was being transferred to another state.
Lee helped oversee the consolidation of the 1116th’s remaining Soldiers into the 1115th Transportation Company and then became the 1115th’s first sergeant.
On becoming the battalion’s new CSM, Lee said, “I’m excited. Thank you for this opportunity. I’m going to work hard to do what’s right for the Soldiers.”
The 615th Transportation Battalion, headquartered in Santa Fe, is comprised of a Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, the 720 Transportation Company and the 1115th Transportation Company.
In the words of Jon Snow, Winter is Coming. 🥶
HMU for that top of the line Army warm weather gear🙌🏽🥵
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Where are all the Prior service people at?!
Heads up! From now until Sept 30th ever think about coming back in? Now is probably a great time! Give me a call 781.918.3098!
Talk about a #ThrowbackThursday 😳 when SGT Balcazar was Coach “Burn out” Heron @vikingsvalley 🙌🏽🏃🏻♀️🏃🏽
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I want to congratulate a long time friend of mine, and a Prior Service Marine, SPC Herrera!
SPC Herrera joined the National Guard to continue his military service and pursue a law enforcement career while serving part-time in the Guard. SPC Herrera also qualified for a 20K bonus 🤑 Congratulations brother! 🇺🇸 @ Albuquerque MEPS, 3rd BN, US Military Entrance Processing Command
On 24 August 2020 soldiers from the 720th Transportation Company participated in Table 1 Gunnery Skills Test (GST), the first step in becoming qualified Sustainment Gunners. With the assistance of Fort Hood Senior Gunners and SSG Fabian Martinez (Unit Senior Gunner) these soldiers will complete the necessary training to become the first Transportation Company to be qualified in Sustainment Gunnery.
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Have to show some love to my old unit members doing big things! You guys will do great things, see you guys when you get back 🙌🏽🇺🇸
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Engineer Training Less Like Work, More Like Fun
Story by Sgt. William Atkinson, 200th Public Affairs Detachment
Hobbs, N.M. – The smells of dirt, oil, wood, and sweat fill the air here as construction engineers assigned to 1st Platoon of the 920th Engineer Construction Company (ECC), New Mexico National Guard, work on clearing debris using a variety of equipment made for the task. These engineer Soldiers are completing the second week of their annual training and have been on the job site for several days.
Among them is Spc. Charles Ingraham who, along with fellow members of 1st Platoon, prepares the equipment taken out earlier that week for a day of moving dirt, cutting wood, and breaking up rocks. These engineers are training to use jackhammers, chainsaws, and earthmoving equipment that can be used in a variety of military construction projects, or to clear debris and save lives in the event of an emergency.
“I like to operate and work,” said Spc. Ingraham. “That’s my favorite thing—to operate equipment.”
Ingraham has been with the 920th since he enlisted in the NMNG as a construction engineer and is now getting a chance to train on the jackhammer, chainsaw, and other equipment on site. As Ingraham trains with this handheld equipment, other members of his platoon train with larger earthmovers. Watching the several pieces of large equipment move under the guidance of experienced operators is truly a spectacle to observe—simple tasks like breaking up rocks or moving dirt become a well-coordinated movement in tandem that transforms the job site. The day’s training events may require weeks of careful planning by unit leaders and are realized in a dance of construction equipment.
“Coming out and knowing what the plan is, that’s what keeps me going,” added Ingraham, taking a break from his work with a jackhammer. “If I know what the plan is, then I’m more motivated to get things done.”
The larger pieces of equipment on which the engineers are training include front-end loaders, skid steer loaders, bulldozers, and excavators. One of the newer and more impressive pieces of equipment in the inventory is the High Mobility Engineer Excavator (or HMEE, pronounced “hem-e”). This all-in-one vehicle—a veritable Swiss Army knife of engineer equipment—combines features of a backhoe and a front-end loader, and it even includes a jackhammer and chainsaw run by either hydraulics or an air compressor. It also carries all the basic equipment the engineers would need to get through most obstacles.
The 920th has been working with this equipment regularly and are well-versed on its capabilities. Even in the unrelenting heat, these tough Soldiers make short work of several obstacles around the job site, reducing concrete, rock, and debris to a near-level surface.
“Working out here is hot, yet exciting. I am happy to be working out in this,” concluded Ingraham. “It’s not that hot,” added Ingraham, as he moved back towards the jackhammer attached to the HMEE and continued his work on breaking apart a large piece of concrete—concluding another successful training event in the NMNG.
Congratulations CSM, thank you for the knowledge you have taught me 🙌🏽
CSM Mark Vigil Retires
By Joseph Vigil, Chief of Public Affairs, NMNG
TAOS, N.M. - Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Vigil celebrated his retirement from the New Mexico National Guard with family, friends, fellow Soldiers and Airmen August 7, 2020 at the Taos Readiness Center. The ceremony was also broadcast live on the NMMG's page for a larger viewing audience.
Vigil's military career spans over 30 years of dedicated service and last served as the New Mexico National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Battalion command sergeant major.
It was evident throughout the ceremony that Soldier care was at the core of Vigil's beliefs and his role as an NCO in the NMMG, never forgetting where he started from as a junior enlisted Soldier.
He is described by many of the Soldiers that served with him as a Soldier's sergeant major - dedicated to taking care of Soldiers - always making it about the Soldiers, what was best for them and thrived on setting up Soldiers for success. His NCOIC's said he always sought and valued what they had to say before making his decisions.
Lt. Col. Rudylee Armijo, the Recruiting and Retention Battalion commander who presided over the ceremony, thanked Vigil for his leadership and mentorship of Soldiers in the New Mexico National Guard.
"From day one when I arrived here and he said 'come in here and let's talk' he was teaching me about recruiting and retention," Armijo said. "Recruiting is a different animal with a different language and he has always taken the time to answer every question I have had along the way."
Armijo also said that he immediately knew upon his arrival that the Soldiers of the battalion were well taken care of.
"Command Sgt. Maj. Vigil knows people everywhere he goes and that's our advantage because he is a huge advocate of recruiting and the New Mexico National Guard," said Armijo.
Maj. Gen. Ken Nava, the Adjutant General of New Mexico, said Vigil is a true professional, always doing the right thing for Soldiers and it's been an honor serving with him. Nava presented Vigil with his TAG excellence coin which he said Vigil probably earned many times over.
Command Sgt. Maj. Robbie Cantrell, the state CSM, coined Vigil on behalf of the Soldiers of the New Mexico National Guard for his Soldier care and for being his go-to guy when he needs a check on what reality looks like. Cantrell said this coin is 'never given, always earned' and CSM Vigil has definitely earned it.
After the retirement order was read, Vigil was presented with certificates of appreciation from the president of the United States, the governor of New Mexico, a certificate of service from National Guard Bureau and Nava recognized him by reading his TAG letter of appreciation. He was awarded the New Mexico Distinguished Service medal. His children, Mark and Raquel (Airman in the U.S. Air Force) were presented with military child's appreciation certificates and wood plaques for their love and support of their father while he served. He also received gifts from friends and colleagues recognizing his work and dedication to the NMNG. A flag folding ceremony presenting the principles of what our country was founded on was performed in Vigil's honor.
Master Sgt. Richard Gonzalez said Vigil recruited him and it changed his life.
"I appreciate your leadership, mentorship and the guidance you have provided," said Gonzales. "Thank you Raquel and Mark for allowing us to borrow your dad to include weekends and evenings to get the job done. Sgt. Maj. Vigil, this fishing gear is for you making mission, go fishing."
Sgt.1st Class Andrew Flores said the best compliment he could give Vigil was that he changed his life when Vigil recruited him.
"I wasn't an easy recruit as it took four years and me looking for something more in my life," said Flores. "Thank you for your persistence and getting me to join this great organization."
Vigil began his farewell speech by thanking his children, his parents Raul and Patricia, his grandmother Tina, fiancé Melissa and all his family for their love and unwavering support which provided him with the opportunity to serve.
Reflecting on his 30 years of service, Vigil said his inspiration to serve came from his brother, retired Michael Master Sgt. Michael Vigil, retired CSM John Torres, retired CW5 Vicente Fernandez and retired CW3 Kenny Fernandez and thanked them for their friendship and mentorship.
"Driving to work from Taos to Santa Fe for 26 years, I gained a wealth of knowledge from those guys about understanding Soldiers and doing what is right," said Vigil.
Vigil said he joined the Army to get out of Taos to do things, see the world and he described it as one of the best experiences he has had. He got out of the Army, came home and joined the NMNG.
"The military trained me to work proficiently and professionally in personnel management," said Vigil. "Everything we did was focused on taking care of Soldiers, helping them with paperwork, answering their questions and doing what's right for them because our work affects their lives."
Vigil said he came to recruiting where we were struggling as we ranked 54th in the nation, but he had some great leaders and people working with him and together they improved that.
"Recruiting is one of the hardest jobs in the New Mexico National Guard because you are graded monthly on your production," said Vigil. "We couldn't afford zero production so we helped by calling NCOIC's and recruiters - checking with candidates, teachers and counselors to help produce a steady stream of candidates going to MEPS. For situations we needed help with, I could always count on Command Sgt. Maj. Chad Hazen and his experts in G1."
Vigil said this organization gave him 30 years of a means to support his family and for that he is very grateful.
In his final comments in uniform, he told Soldiers to be good at the basics and NCOs to be good at Soldier care.
"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve Soldiers," said Vigil. "Remember, people are watching so do your part to represent the organization well."
Vigil has served as region 7 senior enlisted advisor and his previous assignments include G3 sergeant major with duties as a recruiting and retention operation sergeant major; G1 sergeant major; 1st Sgt. with duties as enlisted personnel manager, Joint Forces Headquarters; S1, NCOIC for the United States Army 1st Support Battalion, Sinai, Egypt; S1, 615th Transportation Battalion; chief administrative NCOIC, 93rd Brigade, responsible for over 1,200 personnel records and administrative actions; senior personnel service sergeant NCOIC, Joint Forces Headquarters; Recruiting and Retention NCO, Headquarters, State Area Command; Recruiting and Retention NCO, Alpha Battery, 2nd BN, 200th Patriot, Rio Rancho, NM; Recruiting and Retention NCO, 717th Air Ambulance, Santa Fe, NM; Recruiting and Retention NCO, 720th Transportation Co.; personnel records supervisor, HQ STARC, Santa Fe, NM; personnel administrative specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 6th BN, 200th Air Defense Artillery, Santa Fe, NM; personnel record specialist, United States Army, White Sands Missile Range as NCOER / OER clerk; record specialist, U.S. Army, Fulda, Germany.
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Have a great start to your new year! Always make the most of your days here. Take advantage of your opportunities and create the best memories possible!🙌🏽
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I want to welcome the newest member of the New Mexico Army National Guard, PFC Aldana-Barbosa! PFC Aldana-Barbosa enlisted as a 68E (Dental Specialist) 🦷💰Congratulations & Thank you for trusting me to be your recruiter! Welcome to the team🇺🇸
Did you know that one of the greatest baseball players served in the National Guard?
Babe Ruth finished eight RBI’s short of winning the AL Triple Crown in 1924, leading the league with a .378 average and 46 home runs. When he wasn't busy hitting home runs, Ruth enlisted for three years in the 104th field artillery of the National Guard of New York. HOOAH!
Check out his story at shorturl.at/dmpIQ.
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NMNG assists Navajo Nation with large food distribution
Neighbors (Vecinos) helping Neighbors - New Mexico National Guard Soldiers and Airmen working out of the Window Rock Food Distribution Center distributed over 6,000 food boxes, supplies and several cases of water to the citizens of the Navajo Nation last week ahead of the holiday weekend. They also distributed water stations for places that don't have running water.
Navajo Nation president Jonathan Nez complimented the Soldiers and Airmen of the New Mexico National Guard for all the work they continue to do for citizens in need during this coronavirus public health crisis.
These Soldiers and Airmen from the 615th Transportation Battalion, 226th Military Police Battalion and the 210th RED HORSE are part of over 500 New Mexico National Guard members working for Joint Task Force COVID during the coronavirus public health crisis.
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