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News | Oct. 10, 2023

Meet your recruiter – Sgt. 1st Class Shane Burroughs

By Staff Sgt. Eric Johnson USAREC Public Affairs

Sgt. 1st Class Shane Burroughs, a native of Spring Lake, North Carolina, serves as a recruiter with the Saint Thomas recruiting station in Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands. Burroughs was recently selected as the U.S. Army Regular Army Recruiter of the Year. 

“I serve in the United States Army to gain experience and knowledge in a diverse career path, while upholding the standards and traditions of the United States Army.” Burroughs said. 

Burroughs joined the U.S. Army as unit supply specialist. This job allowed him to gain experience in the field of accounting and supply chain management and earn technical certificates that will be useful in the civilian workforce. As a unit supply specialist, Burroughs was the Order of Saint Martin Recipient and Demonstrated Senior Logistician.  

The Army provided Burroughs with the ability to give back and support his community and the country. One of his original influences to look towards the Army came from his stepfather.  

“Growing up my stepfather, Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jobe of the 82nd Airborne Division, always placed a strong emphasis on the benefits and opportunities provided by the Army. Originally being from Trinidad, the Army has provided countless opportunities, unique travel experiences, college education, naturalization, and the opportunity to serve as a United States citizen.” Said Burroughs 

His support and guidance that he is thankful for has come from family members, mentors and former leaders has contributed to his overall success throughout his career. 

USAREC has provided him opportunities for family time and family growth. That part would be missing during his time in the conventional side of the Army.   

“Being assigned to USAREC provides an opportunity to network within the surrounding community beyond the extent of a traditional military experience. It also allows me to pay it forward by providing an opportunity to those in need of a better way of life while pursuing their goals and dreams.” Burroughs said. 

When not recruiting Burroughs enjoys volunteering, competitive weightlifting, photography and graphic design. For his volunteerism, Burroughs was the Recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. 

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