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Navy seeks top athletes at 92nd Texas Relays

By Burrell Parmer | Navy Recruiting District San Antonio Public Affairs | April 2, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas —

Recruiters and Warrior Challenge Mentor Program personnel from Navy Recruiting Districts San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston attended the 92nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays held at the Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin March 27-30.

The meet welcomed more than 7,000 athletes in the high school, collegiate and professional ranks. 

According to Petty Officer 2nd Class Dectorio Huerta, a special warfare scout assigned to Navy Recruiting District San Antonio, the Navy chose to attend Texas Relays because it believes the athletes showcase the best qualities.

“It’s important to have a presence at these types of events to seek out top quality candidates for our programs,” Huerta said.  “We get to talk with many of the athletes to include their coaches and parents regarding various career opportunities in the Navy.”

The Warrior Challenge Mentor Program is part of a large Navy recruiting effort to identify and develop unique people that are in high demand to serve as technical specialists and dependable teammates.

“The program is looking for people who participate in demanding sports like swimming, lacrosse, wrestling, track and field, and martial arts,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class William Sanchez, a special warfare scout assigned to NRD Dallas. “There are a lot of athletes at this competition who are capable of joining the special warfare community.”

According to Sanchez, these types of activities capitalize on sustaining fitness and require the development of mental habits that prepare people with traits that contribute to success, especially in the Navy.

In additional to hosting a pull-up challenge, attendees had the opportunity to experience some of the many Navy career fields through America’s Navy’s Oculus Go Virtual 360 goggles.

Navy Recruiting Command consists of a command headquarters, three Navy Recruiting Regions, 20 Navy Recruiting Districts and six Navy Talent Acquisition Groups that serve more than 1,300 recruiting stations across the world.

Their combined goal is to attract the highest quality candidates to assure the ongoing success of America’s Navy.