ArmyEdSpace Spotlight

Paul Wardinski, Executive Director, DECA, Inc.

Paul Wardinski
Reston, Virginia
Executive Director, DECA, Inc.

The Army has been involved with DECA for over 20 years through conference participation in exhibits, advertising and workshop/seminar presentations. In addition, the Army has supported DECA special events and community service activities.

What are the top three things for people to understand about the U.S. Army?

1. Career, education and growth opportunities
2. How it can assist getting a person through college
3. Additional benefits for Soldiers

How has your partnership with the Army made a difference to your organization?
The Army has been a viable resource for college and career readiness to our more than 215,000 members nationwide. In addition, the Army increases students’ understanding and awareness of public service, duty and leadership.

What were you surprised to learn about the Army through your involvement?

1. The variety of career paths one can take in the Army
2. The incredible financial supports in place for furthering education

What has been your most interesting or memorable experience or interaction with the U.S. Army?
The participation and involvement at our conferences through interactive activities in our exhibition hall, speaking engagements, judging our students’ competitions and being mentors in one of our leadership academies.

Why do you feel military service should be considered a viable post-secondary option?
It provides excellent training and leadership as well as a path to college.

Why do you feel it is important to support the Army as a leader in your community?
The Army is a critical part of our society; besides what is mentioned above, it reinforces citizenship and protects us all.

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