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NEWS | July 22, 2019

Attitude, dedication lead to recruiter's success

By Ms. Jacqueline Boucher

A fear of failure is the motivation behind the success of a local recruiter.

Staff Sgt. Haley Wilson was named Tobyhanna Army Depot's Warfighter of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2019 during a ceremony at the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders baseball team military appreciation event on June 20. She is a recruiter assigned to the Wilkes-Barre Recruiting Company. 

"Wilson is one of the most capable noncommissioned officers (NCO) I have served with," said Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Henkle, station commander. "No matter how far out of her comfort zone she is, her no fail attitude and dedication to the mission will always lead her and her unit to success."

Henkle describes the NCO as a dedicated Army recruiter who has demonstrated in every measurable way to be a leader of high moral character, strong work ethic, and an exemplary steward of the Army profession. Wilson's skills as a recruiter helped her earn the Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion's Recruiter of the quarter and year awards. 

The life of a recruiter consists of providing career guidance to individuals within the community as well as building and maintaining business relationships. 

"One thing I've learned from serving is that it's all about your attitude," Wilson said. "The more you put into your career, the more you will get out of it. I use my fear of failure to push me every day." 
As a Soldier, Wilson said she's learned how to perform well under stress. Experiences in a variety of positions have taught her how to be receptive to learning and adapt to change. The sergeant credits her success to teamwork.

Wilson started her military career seven years ago as a human resources specialist. Assignments in Germany and Texas, were followed by two deployments to Southwest Asia before she joined the recruiting team in northeast Pennsylvania. 

"The people I've met in the Army have become mentors, close friends and family members," Wilson said. "They challenge me to be a better version of myself every day. I wouldn't be where I am today without their guidance, advice and continued support."