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5 Things SkillsUSA Students Learned About The U.S. Army at the National Leadership and Skills Conference

Aug 3, 2016

The U.S. Army sponsored the 52nd Annual SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Kentucky, June 21-24, 2016.

1. More than MRE’s, Army Chefs train at the highest level of food service industry standards.
What is a key ingredient for an elite Army? The right meals and nutrition to power Soldiers through their mission. Today’s food service specialists in the U.S. Army are turning out healthy and delicious meals for thousands of Soldiers around the world, three times a day. To sharpen their culinary skills, they train and compete with chefs across the country and around the world, mastering their trade to feed the force.

Members of the Fort Riley Culinary Team brought their craft to SkillsUSA, leading demonstrations, sharing samples with hungry competitors and using their culinary expertise as judges in SkillsUSA’s culinary arts competitions.

2. The U.S. Army makes up the world’s largest network of healthcare professionals.
The U.S. Army trains healthcare professionals in more than 90 medical careers, from medics and dentists to surgeons and physical therapists. What’s more: the benefits to being part of the U.S. Army healthcare team can be limitless – you can advance your skills and knowledge, shape your perspective, and live a comfortable and rewarding lifestyle.

Want a closer look? Watch: Road to becoming a pharmacy specialistphysical therapist or critical care nurse.

Lieutenant Jason Nelson, Chief Nurse, Eastern Region, USACC, and Major Lisa A. Hirn, an Army-trained physical therapist, visited with students and health sciences instructors at NLSC to talk about their own paths through the Army to careers in healthcare.

3. The Army trains world-class search and rescue teams for missions at home and abroad.
Whether it’s keeping communities safe at home or abroad, specially-trained Soldiers in the fields of search and rescue are prepared for any mission. A highly-trained force, Army Soldiers are prepared as firefighters, working dog handlers and military police. During SkillsUSA TECHSPO, Soldiers shared their career experiences with students who shared their passion.

4. Learning leadership: SkillsUSA Delegates and U.S. Army Soldiers.
During a visit to NLSC, Major General Jeffrey Snow, Commanding General, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, addressed over 600 student delegates during the joint delegate session. He talked about the inspiration he draws every day from the young Soldiers he works with, adding that he sees many of the same traits displayed by the SkillsUSA members he’s met over the years. 

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow poses for a selfie with SkilsUSA student delegates.

5. SkillsUSA and the U.S. Army share many common values.
In its long partnership with SkillsUSA, the Army advocates for a highly-trained, educated workforce that will ensure our country is safe and secure for generations to come. Soldiers, just like SkillsUSA members, understand the importance of bettering themselves and leading among their peers. Army veteran and former SkillsUSA National Officer Tony Hamlin has experienced firsthand how the two organizations complement each other en route to a shared mission:

“The Army has the potential and ability to change lives... It is critical that the partnership between the U.S. Army and student organizations continues to grow and strengthen our nation. SkillsUSA and the U.S. Army share many of the same core values. Both organizations strive to build a strong America.”

Read more about Tony’s experience as a Soldier and a SkillsUSA member here.

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