Story and photo by Pfc. Andrew Ingram
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
Army career counselors are experienced Soldiers dedicated to assisting their comrades in making important decisions and are committed to helping Soldiers of all ranks and ages find schools and assignments to further their service in the Army.
Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Andreas, a career counselor assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, will represent The Mountain Post Team after being named the 2009 Fort Carson Career Counselor of the Year.
Andreas will compete with other Soldiers at the U.S. Army Forces Command Career Counselor of the Year Competition during the first day of the Worldwide Retention Seminar in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 16.
Andreas, a senior noncommissioned officer assigned to 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, achieved this honor by demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of his career field.
“I want to show that the 4th Infantry Division is the best,” said Andreas. “It’s an honor to represent myself and my unit to the rest of the Army.”
Andreas competed against his peers during the 1st BCT Career Counselor of the Year Board, where the brigade and battalion command sergeants major measured him against other “Raider Brigade” career counselors.
The board tested the Soldiers on their knowledge of active- and, Reserve-component retention, current events and 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson history.
The brigade board served as a stepping stone to prepare Andreas for the garrison competition.
The 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey hosted the garrison board while the post’s most senior enlisted Soldiers sat in as board members.
Sgt. Maj. Scott Leeling, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson command career counselor, said Andreas’ communication skills, drive and professional attitude are what make him an excellent career counselor.
Leeling, who served as a board member during the Fort Carson Career Counselor of the Year Competition, said the FORSCOM-level contest will take a more narrow approach than the Fort Carson board.
All of the board members will be retention sergeants major and all of the questions will focus on reenlistment, he explained.
“The Career Counselor of the Year Board is an opportunity for our retention Soldiers to shine,” said Leeling. “These are stellar NCOs.”
Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald Kinloch, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div., said it is important to recognize career counselors because their hard work and dedication results in a stronger Army.
Kinloch praised Andreas for his instinct and said he believes the career counselor will excel, competing strongly at the FORSCOM competition.
“Sgt. Andreas is a good NCO,” said Kinloch. “I am proud and humbled to have him in our formation.”
If Andreas earns the FORSCOM Career Counselor of the Year, he will continue on to the Army-level competition in January.