☷Retention resource fair shows Soldiers career options
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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Staff Sgt . Corey Wenning , president of Fort Huachuca ' s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers ( BOSS ) , and Spc . Alexsis Smith , Select Honor Guard member and BOSS volunteer , host a BOSS booth during the first - ever Post Retention Resource Fair held May 3 at Murr Community Center , Fort Huachuca , Arizona . ) FORT HUACHUCA , Ariz . – The first - ever Post Retention Resource Fair held May 3 at Murr Community Center brought installation and community partners together to increase Soldiers’ awareness of career planning resources . . “The idea of the fair today was to get all installation resources together in one room for Soldiers to come through and see what’s available , ” said Sgt . 1st Class Alexander Kajfasz , active component senior career counselor . “Soldiers may not be aware of assistance that is offered by organizations , education and agencies . ” All resources are available to National Guard , Reserve and active component Soldiers , Kajfasz emphasized . “We are here to help Soldiers put forth the best possible plan to succeed . ” Personnel from the Education Center offered information on education , tuition assistance and credentialing opportunities . “Soldiers being retained in the Army are allowed education benefits , ” said Erin Beam , chief of Education Services . Credentialing , in particular , is a retention incentive , she said . “Soldiers use credentialing to get nationally - recognized certifications and licensures , ” Beam said . “This not only advances proof of expertise in their military careers , it prepares them for transitioning to a civilian career . ” Soldiers can pick up new certifications as their career progresses because credential funding renews every fiscal year . “Locally , Arizona State University is an approved vendor for credentialing assistance , ” Beam said . “When Soldiers opt for face - to - face certification classes , they are available through ASU . ” Cochise College and Wayland Baptist University are in the process of becoming credentialing assistance vendors , she said . “All three institutions offer degree programs with tuition assistance , ” Beam added . In addition to academic , military career and employment resources , the retention fair also provided information about recreation and community programs . “We provide opportunities for single soldiers , ” said Staff Sgt . Corey Wenning , president of the Fort Huachuca Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers ( BOSS ) . “What that entails is recreation , quality of life services , life skills , and community and volunteer services . ” Wenning and Spc . Alexsis Smith , both assigned to Headquarters & Headquarters Company , U . S . Army Garrison , volunteer for BOSS and participated in the resource fair . The motive behind this resource fair was to retain Soldiers in the Army through new military career options and education , and employ transitioning military personnel through multiple local avenues , including Reserve and National Guard service . # # # Fort Huachuca is home to the U . S . Army Intelligence Center of Excellence , the U . S . Army Network Enterprise Technology Command ( NETCOM ) /9th Army Signal Command and more than 48 supported tenants representing a diverse , multiservice population . Our unique environment encompasses 946 square miles of restricted airspace and 2 , 500 square miles of protected electronic ranges , key components to the national defense mission . Located in Cochise County , in southeast Arizona , about 15 miles north of the border with Mexico , Fort Huachuca is an Army installation with a rich frontier history . Established in 1877 , the Fort was declared a national landmark in 1976 . We are the Army’s Home . Learn more at https://home . army . mil/huachuca/ .
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