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News | Oct. 19, 2023

Meet your Recruiter - Staff Sgt. Nayeli Crosby

By Staff Sgt. Eric Johnson USAREC Public Affairs

Staff Sgt. Nayeli Crosby, a native of Sun Valley, California, serves as a recruiter with the University Recruiting station in Austin, Texas. U.S. Army Recruiting Command leadership recognized Crosby as a standout performer, and 5th Brigade named her Army Reserve Noncommissioned Officer of FY23.   

Crosby enlisted in the Army as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear specialist because she enjoyed learning about chemical sampling and decontamination.  

“I’ve learned about HAZMAT response, reconnaissance and decontamination of vehicles and Soldiers, and have put those skills into place while working with outside first responders in the civilian world,” Crosby said. 

She is proud of serving as the command-and-control CBRN element noncommissioned officer in charge of over 300 Soldiers and their training readiness. This role included working alongside the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Army North.  

Being a recruiter has given her family stabilization, and she gets to work in the community where she meets many veterans who share their stories. Crosby also finds pride in seeing future Soldiers lives change because of her efforts. 

“I serve in the Army because there is a sense of pride in wearing the uniform,” Crosby said. “Also, because it allows for my family to have benefits that I did not have growing up.” 

When not recruiting Crosby enjoys hiking trails with her family and is currently pursuing her degree in Psychology.  

“I attribute my success to my family; without their support I would not be able to do this job,” Crosby said. “My father helped me become the person I am today; he taught me to work hard and be proud of all the effort I put into it.” 

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