Col. Alaine Encabo, Recruiting and Retention Commander for the Oregon National Guard, interviews with Jordan McKenzie at KWRO radio in Coos Bay, Ore., Nov. 4.
The newest commander of the Oregon National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Command says his personal mission is to ask at least one person every day why they’re not a member of his organization.
And during the week of Nov. 3-6, instead of reaching out to one person per day, Col. Alaine Encabo potentially reached thousands.
Encabo visited with several radio stations along the Oregon coast, starting in Brookings and ending in Astoria. The visits gave Encabo a chance to talk about how the Oregon National Guard helps the state of Oregon as well as the rest of the nation.
“As long as we’ve been around, there are still people who don’t understand what we do,” Encabo said.
Indeed, even though the National Guard has been around since 1636, many people don’t understand the Guard’s dual-mission of protecting the state during peacetime and the nation during times of conflict, Encabo added.
Encabo was careful to point out the distinction between the active duty Army and the National Guard to many of the people he spoke to on the tour.
Col. Alaine Encabo (left), speaks to KOOS radio operations manager, Mike O'Brien, during an interview in Coos Bay, Nov. 4, while Sgt. 1st Class Everett Horvath looks on.
“Even though we’re a component of the U.S. Army and it says Army on our uniform, a lot of times when the general public sees the us, they don’t consider that we’re locals who live in the community,” Encabo said. “We’re your local citizen-soldiers.”
Most importantly, the media tour was a chance for the Oregon National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention personnel to showcase opportunities ranging from part-time and full-time jobs and technical training, to tuition assistance and educational benefits.
“We have a lot of opportunities to help further young people’s lives,” Encabo said.
Encabo, Mr. Guy Britnell, the Marketing Manager for the Oregon National Guard, and Marketing NCO Sgt. 1st Class Everett Horvath, were also able to visit with recruiters at several armories, and two recruiting “store-fronts”.
Along the way, they stopped at the Roseburg Armory, to visit with recruiter, Sgt. Tamara Baimbridge. In Grants Pass, the group stopped at the recruiting store-front to chat with Spc. Keaton and Sgt. Marinucci.
Local resident, Kerry Prulhiere, who had just signed up with the Oregon Army National Guard as a medic, was looking forward to shipping off to basic training.
Encabo (left), and Sgt. 1st Class Everett Horvath (center), speak with Oregon Army National Guard recruit, and Grants Pass resident, Kerry Prulhiere at the recruiting store front in Grants Pass, Ore., Nov. 3.
“I’m very excited to go,” Prulhiere said.
The trip took the group through Brookings to Coos Bay and North Bend, where they visited with Sgt. 1st Class Andrew McClary at the recruiting store front at the Pony Village Mall.
North Bend area recruiter, Sgt. 1st Class Andrew McClary, talks about the challenges and advantages of recruiting in his community to retired Sgt. 1st Class Guy Britnell (seated left), Col. Alaine Encabo (seated center), and Sgt. 1st Class Everett Horvath (far right), at the Oregon National Guard recruiting store front in the Pony Village Mall in North Bend, Ore., Nov. 4.
Over the course of the week, Encabo took part in interviews at 13 radio and television stations through eight coastal towns. Encabo said because the stations service smaller, regional markets, it’s important to reach out to them on a regular basis. He said it’s easy to reach the larger markets of Portland and Salem, and often times the smaller towns are forgotten.
“We want to establish rapport with the local communities so they understand what we do,” Encabo said. A lot of people don’t know us even though we’re in their local communities.”
KCBY-TV reporter Kristina Nelson, interviews Col. Alaine Encabo of the Oregon National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Command for the station's People at Noon segment on Nov. 4. The segment will air at 12:20 p.m. today on Channel 11 in Coos Bay, and on the station's website at www.kcby.com. Just click on the People at Noon tab.
Throughout the trip, the messages were the same: the members of the Oregon National Guard are doctors, lawyers, store clerks and students who live in the local communities. Oregon National Guard members support domestic emergency response and continue to do great things for their neighbors.
Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jason Obersinner, Readiness NCO for the 224 Engineers in Newport, Ore., said being an Oregon National Guard engineer is a rewarding job, and his surrounding community sees the tangible results of their work.
“Every opportunity to help our community it’s a great opportunity to also improve our skills,” Obersinner said. “It works great both ways, for us and for the community.”
To hear (and see) interviews with Col. Alaine Encabo and the Recruiting and Retention team, listen in to the following stations at the listed times, or listen to the streaming broadcast via their websites.
- KCBY-TV (Channel 11, CBS) in Coos Bay today at 12:20 p.m., or streaming on the web starting at noon: www.kcby.com.
- KNPT (92.7FM) in Newport today following the 5:00 p.m. news and on Saturday morning at 8:50, or streaming on the web at: www.knptam.com.
- KCRF (96.7FM) in Newport on Sunday morning at 9:00.
- KSHL (97.5FM) in Newport on Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m., or on the web at: www.kshl.com.
- KCUP (1230AM) in Newport on Nov. 11 at 6:00 a.m., 7:30 a.m., and noon, or on the web at: www.kcup.net.
- KPPT (100.7FM) in Newport, running various times and dates between now and Nov. 11.
- KTIL (94.3FM) in Tillamook, running spots Monday, through Wednesday and on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11.
- KSWB (840AM & 94.9FM) in Seaside, running a lengthy Q&A on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 7:00 a.m. on the FM station, and at 8:00 a.m. on the AM station on the show "Issues and Answers". The alternate date for the show is Nov. 15 at the same times listed above.
- KAST (1370AM) in Warrenton, running at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 11.
Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,
Oregon Military Department Social Media Manager