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Can you imagine enlisting in the Military and shipping off to Basic Combat Training with no idea what to expect? Many years ago that’s how it was for newly enlisted Soldiers. They would ship off to training without the slightest clue as to what was going to happen. Here in the Oregon Army National Guard we have eliminated much of that unknown through our Recruit Sustainment Program or RSP.

First Sergeant (1SG) Matthew Davis of the Oregon National Guard

Overview

  • Infantryman
  • Former Active Duty Army
  • Air Assault School
  • Small Group Instructor Training Course
  • Basic Leader Course
  • Advanced Leader Course
  • Senior Leader Course
  • Master Leader Course
  • Army National Guard MEPS Guidance Counselor Course
  • Total Army Instructor Training Course
  • Combat Lifesaver Course

First Sergeant (1SG) Matthew Davis was born and raised in the great state of Oregon in Seaside. After graduating from Warrenton High School 1SG Davis enlisted in the Active Duty Army as an Infantryman (11B) where, upon completion of training was stationed at Fort Campbell Kentucky. During his time in Active Duty he deployed to Kosovo. After completing his first contract he left the Army and joined the Oregon National Guard, where he deployed to Egypt and Iraq. Upon his return he applied for a recruiting position with the Hawaii National Guard, was accepted, and moved to Hawaii to begin what ultimately became his passion, recruiting and retention. In 2007, 1SG Davis transferred again to the Oregon National Guard to continue his service as a recruiter. Since 2004 1SG Davis has been a recruiter, deputy detachment chief, military entrance processing station guidance counselor, detachment chief and most recently recruit sustainment program first sergeant. He has accomplished much in his twenty plus years in the military and has taken his desire for leadership and mentorship and developed phenomenal recruiting and recruit sustainment programs. 1SG Davis is married, has a child, and continues to train, mentor, and coach his subordinates and the newly enlisted Soldiers, preparing them for great things in the Oregon National Guard.

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Don Burts Jr. of the Oregon National Guard

Overview

  • Transportation Management Coordinator
  • Amphibious Assault Crewman
  • Former Active Duty Army
  • Former Active Duty Marine Corps
  • Combat Marksman Instructor
  • Basic Leader Course
  • Advanced Leader Course
  • Senior Leader Course
  • Foundation Instructor Facilitator Course
  • Unit Prevention Leader
  • Joint Planning and Execution System
  • Equal Opportunity Leaders Course
  • Combat Lifesaver Course
  • Marine Corps Combatives-Green Belt

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Don Burts Jr. began his military career after graduating from high school in Washington State. He has spent the last 16 years in the military, starting out in the Marine Corps from 1999 – 2003. He ended his service honorably with the Marine Corps and spent the following four years in Australia where he earned a trade in Engineering. In 2007 he felt the pull to continue to serve in the Military and enlisted in to the Active Duty Army where he was stationed at Fort Bragg North Carolina, Vilsek Germany, and Fort Eustis Virginia. Seven years later, in 2014 he left the Active Duty Army and joined the Oregon Army National Guard and shortly thereafter, after seeing how beneficial the Oregon National Guard was, desired to serve as a recruiting and retention non-commissioned officer (RRNCO). He applied for, and was hired on as an RRNCO where he has spent the last five years spending time in the community sharing the benefits of the National Guard and explaining how those who are called to serve can serve both their country and more specifically their community while simultaneously using the tools provided to get started in a career or advance in their current careers.

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Michael Siebold of the Oregon National Guard

Overview

  • Cavalry Scout
  • Basic Leaders Course
  • Advanced Leaders Course

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Michael Siebold joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 2002 at the age of 22 and shipped out to training on January 3rd 2003. SFC Siebold chose to enlist because he saw the need for direction in his life and because he wanted to deploy in support of our Nation’s Military. He initially enlisting as a 19D Cavalry Scout he served two years with Echo Troop 1-82 Cavalry in Woodburn Oregon before applying for a full time position with the Oregon National Guard as a recruiter. For the next eight years SFC Siebold worked at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas OR as a recruiter before being selected as a guidance counselor to work at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Portland. He spent three years working as a guidance counselor before transferring back to being a recruiter in 2016. During that time he learned the ins and outs of processing Soldiers and ensuring their enlistment contracts were thorough and they received all incentives they were eligible for. With his newly gained knowledge as a guidance counselor and years of experience as a recruiter SFC Siebold was given the position as a deputy detachment chief in charge of the Oregon City Office under First Sergeant Davis. Though SFC Siebold never had the opportunity to deploy he found a passion for sharing his experience and what the Oregon National Guard has done for him, to others. He has been in recruiting for the last fourteen years where he has had the privilege to provide the direction he needed to young men and women desiring to serve their local communities and country.

Staff Sergeant (SSG) John Roberts of the Oregon National Guard

Overview

  • Combat Engineer
  • Combatives Level 1
  • Basic Leaders Course
  • Advanced Leaders Course
  • Sapper Leaders Course
  • Combat Lifesaver Course
  • Blue Force Tracker Leaders Course
  • Geospatial Information IEP System Course
  • Joint Operations Center 101 Course
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • Casualty Notification/Assistant Officer Training

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Anthony Cox enlisted into the Oregon Army National Guard in 1996 after attending Sunset High School in Beaverton, OR. The Oregon Army National Guard has taken him all over the Nation and the world for training and active missions. From the National Training Center in FT Irwin, CA to The Joint Readiness Training Center in Ft Polk, LA; Waikiki, Hawaii to Hohenfels, Germany. SFC Cox enlisted as a Combat Engineer with duty in Warrenton, OR and stayed with the engineers for well over a decade. During this time he served on one overseas deployment to Iraq, then in support of Operation Noble Eagle to the Umatilla Chemical Weapons Depot as security support protecting the equipment. He has also served locally in support of the annual fall wild fires for three consecutive summers protecting the forest and the community. After his time with the Engineers, SFC Cox began working full time with the Guard in the State level emergency operations center based in Salem, OR. Five years later he applied for another full time position as a recruiter. He was accepted and able to work in his hometown of Beaverton, OR beginning in 2012. This has become his new passion as he has seen how the Oregon National Guard has impacted himself and his family in such appositive way and he wants to take part in bringing this opportunity to others. SFC Cox just reached his 23rd year in service and intends on continuing to train, mentor, and guide young Soldiers in both their civilian and military lives.

Staff Sergeant (SSG) Nicholas Hoffman of the Oregon National Guard

Overview

  • Combat Medic
  • Flight Medic
  • Combatives Level 1
  • Unit Armorer Course
  • Flight Paramedic Program
  • Basic Leader Course
  • Advanced Leader Course
  • Senior Leader Course
  • Hazardous Material Transportation Course

Staff Sergeant (SSG) Nicholas Hoffmann enlisted into the United States Army on 01 June 2004.  He has served for 15 years as a Flight Paramedic assigned to Blackhawk Helicopters (68WF2) and most recently as Recruiter for the Oregon Army National Guard since October 2018.  During SSG Hoffman’s time on Active Duty he was stationed at Fort Hood, TX, Fort Wainwright, AK, Hunter Army Airfield, GA, and Fort Carson, CO deploying three times in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.  He has received many different educational certifications through the Army and continues to seek out as many as he can.  In addition to his military education he also has an associate’s degree and is a state and nationally registered paramedic.  SSG Hoffman was born and raised in Oregon City, is married and has seven children ranging in ages between X and X, and has recently purchased his Grandmother’s home and is in the midst of remodeling it. He is very excited to be back in Oregon City supporting his community as a member of the Oregon Army National Guard!

Staff Sergeant (SSG) John Roberts, Oregon National Guard

Overview

  • Cavalry Scout
  • Former Active Duty Army
  • Sexual Harassment/Assault Reporting and Prevention Victim Advocate
  • Air Assault School
  • Pathfinder School
  • Rappel Master School
  • Basic Leader Course

Overview

  • Unit Armorer Course
  • Small Arms Weapons Expert Course
  • Combatives Level 1
  • Combat Lifesaver Course
  • Order of Saint George Recipient
  • Silver and 3X Gold Spur Holder
  • Associate of Arts and Science Degree
  • Bachelor of Science Degree

Staff Sergeant (SSG) John Roberts has spent the last 14 years in the Military between Active Duty Army and the Oregon Army National Guard. He grew up in the Pacific Northwest splitting his time between Washington State and Oregon where he graduated high school in Sisters, OR. Always feeling an intense desire to serve he joined the Active Duty Army as a 19D Cavalry Scout being stationed at Fort Carson Colorado and Fort Campbell Kentucky. During that time he deployed three times to Iraq spending a total of 32 months overseas. He also met his wife in Colorado Springs while stationed at Fort Carson Colorado and together they have five children ranging in ages from three to eleven. For the past five years he has spent his time as a Recruiting and Retention Non-Commissioned Officer (RRNCO). This has become a passion of his as he has seen how the Military and more specifically the Oregon Army National Guard has set him up for success and enabled him to not only complete his Undergraduate Degree from Purdue University Global but also fund his future Masters Degree in Project Management.

Sergeant (SGT) Austin Lawrence of the Oregon National Guard

Overview

  • Infantry Mortarman
  • Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic
  • Enlisted in High School
  • 8 Automotive Service Excellence Certifications
  • STRYKER Mortar Carrier Course
  • STRYKER Reconnaissance Vehicle Net Course.
  • Silver Spur Holder

Sergeant (SGT) Austin Lawrence began his career in the Oregon Army National Guard when he enlisted during his senior year of high school at the age of 17 as a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic (91B). He wanted to pursue a career in the automotive industry and knew that this was a great start. During his Advanced Individual Training for 91B he received seven ASE Certifications and came home from his training with a job at Toyota as a service mechanic. After a couple years at Toyota he applied for and was hired on as a Federal Technician working as a diesel mechanic for the state at the age of 19. While he continued to pursue his passion for automotive as his daily job he was able to venture out in the National Guard and change his military occupation specialty (MOS) to become an Infantry Mortarman (11C). When the position as a recruiting and retention non-commissioned officer (RRNCO) opened up, he applied for the position. He saw how great of an organization the Oregon National Guard is and wanted to share his experiences and stability with others. He has been working as a full time RRNCO for the past two years and plans to continue in this field for the rest of his career in the Guard.

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Michael Siebold of the Oregon National Guard

Overview

  • Infantryman
  • State Firefighting Training

Specialist (SPC) Marshall Sikel joined the National Guard at the age of 18 to help pay for his college education after taking a look at the overall costs of a secondary degree and not wanting to take out student loans. He has been a member of the Oregon Army National Guard for two years and has accomplished a lot of things during that time. SPC Sikel joined as an Infantryman (11B) and was assigned to 3/116th Cavalry in Woodburn Oregon. Upon graduation from training he began his schooling at Western Oregon University majoring in General Science. In addition to pursuing his education SPC Sikel also volunteered to be activated to help fight the late summer fires in Oregon, helping to protect our citizens, their property and the forest. While he was still attending Western Oregon he applied for a temporary three year full time position. Very quickly he showed his determination and hard work ethic which resulted in his temporary position being converted in to a full time permanent position for the next three years. During this time he has not lost sight of why he joined the National Guard (to get his college paid for), and is continuing to take classes to earn his Associates Degree and ultimately his Bachelor’s Degree. What started out as a way to pay for college has now paved the way to not only do that but also a great career as a full time member of the Oregon National Guard.

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