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NEWS | March 18, 2019

Salt Lake City educators visit Army South

By Sgt. Ashley Dotson U.S. Army South Public Affairs

U.S. Army South hosted 10 educators from Salt Lake City at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston March 6-7 to learn about the educational opportunities the Army provides to medical Soldiers. The Salt Lake City U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion brought the educators to JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.

"Readiness requires a military and civilian partnership because informed citizens understand the importance of voluntary national service," said Lt. Col. Carl Whitman, Salt Lake City U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion commander. "We bring educators not just to Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, but many Army installations to share the Army experience, and to show educators the many training and career programs for our Soldiers.

"At JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, we brought educators from the Salt Lake City Recruiting battalion's area of operation (the mountain west) to share the many STEM-based medical programs, military operational specialties and training the Army offers," Whitman added.

During the visit, the educators were able to explore the educational opportunities provided to Soldiers attending programs such as physician assistant, respiratory therapy, cardiology, combat medic, laboratory technician and many others.

"I work with students as the career facilitator, which is new to me this year, and up until this point did not know very much about the military in general," said educator Jessica Berninzoni. "Attending this conference was very eye opening to what opportunities the Army and other branches can provide for young adults. I had no idea the medical opportunities that were available through the Army and was very impressed. I feel that this visit will allow me to better educate students on options that they have especially if they are looking to attend school that they cannot afford."

In addition to visiting the medical school houses the educators were also able to see some of the other resources provided to Soldiers in case of an injury such as rehabilitation provided by Brooke Army Medical Center, the Center for the Intrepid, and the Fisher Houses located at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.

"I truly enjoyed seeing the Center for the Intrepid," Berninzoni said. "I was amazed by the extent of rehabilitation that amputees receive when going there. In general, the technology that is used to train military recruits in all facets was absolutely outstanding."

Whitman said that his recruiting battalion is always interested in sharing as many Army career opportunities with as many educators as they can. He plans to continue to have a yearly tour with the educators in his area of responsibility. He said each year his battalion focuses on different military occupational specialties.

"By sharing all the Army has to offer with our educators, our educators go back to their respective schools and share with students the outstanding career and life opportunities that the Army has to offer," Whitman said.