White House Looking for the Army's Best Drivers
By Pfc. Sean McGuire
Public Affairs Specialist
4th Sustainment Brigade
FORT HOOD, Texas — Some of the best truck drivers from the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and various units within III Corps gathered Apr. 12 for a briefing straight from the top.
Members of the White House Transportation Agency conducted a meeting tailored towards recruiting personnel to join a team that, according to its website and mission statement, "provides a fleet of motor vehicles, master drivers, and transportation services to the First Family, White House staff, and official visitors of the First Family in the Washington D.C. area."
Among those in attendance were noncommissioned officers from the Advanced Leaders Course at the III Corps NCO Academy.
"We're here because you're the best in the Corps. You've been screened by the U.S. Army as being the top of the line," said Sgt. Maj. David Simpson to the NCOs in attendance.
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.
"Who here would like to travel with the President and stay in the same hotels as him for the next three years?" 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.
"Everyone that works with us is almost guaranteed to get a bachelors degree. Teachers work with your schedule and we work with yours," said Robinson. "I'm towards the end of my time with the WHTA. I need someone to replace me and do my job. Some of you could end up doing that."
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.
"I'm looking for the best NCOs in the Corps that have the drive and motivation to lead and excel," Simpson said. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Only 2 percent of the Army's '88-Mikes' meet the qualifications."
The briefing piqued the interest of Staff Sgt. Arthur Mallory, a husband and father of two. "I definitely like how there's the chance of taking a break from deployments," said Mallory, who serves with the 4th Sust. Bde. and has deployed three times. "Beyond that, there's the job opportunities and stabilization for my family too."
For more information on applying for the WHTA contact Sgt. 1st Class Robert L. Robinson, Jr., WHTA recruiter at (202)-757-0754 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff Sgt. Arthur Mallory, from the 96th Transportation Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and other noncommissioned officers from the III Corps Advanced Leaders Course listen to a White House Transportation Agency recruiting briefing in the Education Center at Fort Hood, Texas Apr. 12. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sean McGuire)
Sgt. Tim Heine, Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, listens to a briefing by Sgt. 1st Class Robert Robinson, the head recruiter for the White House Transportation Agency, in the Education Center at Fort Hood, Texas Apr. 12. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sean McGuire)
Sgt. 1st Class Robert Robinson, the lead recruiter for the White House Transportation Agency, explained the details of the job during a recruiting briefing for U.S. Army motor transport operators in the Education Center at Fort Hood, Texas Apr. 12. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sean McGuire)
Staff Sgt. Rudy Rosalez, from the 297th Transportation Company, 4th Brigade Troops Battalion, attended the recruiting briefing conducted by representatives of the White House Transportation Agency Apr. 12 in the Education Center at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sean McGuire)