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News | Feb. 7, 2024

Top 13 Recruiters recognized at Washington ceremony

By Hunter West U.S. Army Recruiting Command Public Affairs

“Recruiting is the foundation of our house, and we all know that if you have cracks in your foundation, you have a problem in your house.” 

The honorable Christine Wormuth, Secretary of the Army, highlighted how essential Recruiters are to the Army mission during her speech Feb. 6 recognizing the Fiscal Year 2024 first quarter Top 13 Recruiters.  

In addition to Wormuth, Maj. Gen. Johnny Davis, U.S. Recruiting Command and Fort Knox commanding general, Command Sgt. Maj. Shade Munday, USAREC senior enlisted adviser, and other senior Army leaders gathered at the Pentagon award ceremony for the Top 13 Recruiters. During this ceremony, each Recruiter was presented with the Meritorious Service Medal, USAREC Uncle Sam Recruiting watch and Maj. Gen. Johnny Davis' coin, presented in a customized coin box.  

In the first three months of FY24, the top 10 enlisted Recruiters were able to collectively contract 158 Soldiers into the Army. The Medical Recruiting Brigade Recruiters were able to contract 10 physicians to help mitigate the medical surge being conducted to assist our recruiting force. The Special Operations Recruiter recognized, Dominique Bryant, single-handedly contracted 99 Soldiers during his three month window.  

“As Recruiters, you all are the face of the Army to the American public, and sometimes you are the only contact that Americans have with the military,” said Wormuth. “The example you set, the conversations you have, and the way that you conduct yourself everyday leaves a lasting impression.” 

Both Wormuth and Davis spoke about the determination, dedication and perseverance the Recruiters showed in order to achieve top 13 status. Those honored were able to integrate themselves, some back into their hometowns and others in unfamiliar places, and educate the youth of today about the opportunities the Army provides and encourage them to be all they can be. 

The 13 Recruiters who were recognized at the ceremony include: 

  • Sgt. First Class Mohamed Kaba 

  • Staff Sgt. Angel Castillo-Vega 

  • Staff Sgt. Angel Zayas-Gonzalez 

  • Staff Sgt. Wilfredo Vivas-Torres 

  • Sgt. First Class Peter Vandine 

  • Staff Sgt. Hamadi Diop 

  • Staff Sgt. Jimmy Burnette 

  • Sgt. First Class Richard Mendez 

  • Sgt. First Class Mose Paopao 

  • Sgt. First Class Nghiem Nguyen 

  • Staff Sgt. Christian Rodriquez 

  • Sgt. First Class Angel Marrero-Falcon 

  • Sgt. First Class Dominique Bryant 

Before concluding her remarks, Wormuth expressed her appreciation of the hardworking Recruiters’ efforts and pointed out just how far-reaching their successes are:  

“You all have had a hand in keeping our Army the best land fighting force the world has ever seen.” 



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