Army Research Office celebrates Army birthday with Raleigh Recruiting Battalion Soldiers

June 27, 2017

By Jenna Brady, ARL Public Affairs

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (June 22, 2017) -- The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Army Research Office and the Army Contracting Command-Research Triangle Park Division team recently assembled to observe the 242nd Army birthday and Flag Day.

Capt. Erica Robinson-Jones, administrative officer, Raleigh Recruiting Battalion, and Sgt. 1st Class Shawn McKenna, Battalion Virtual Recruiting Office, participated in the celebration.

The observance included viewing of the Chief of Staff of the Army and Sergeant Major of the Army birthday video message, a presentation about the Army recruiting mission and recruiting efforts in North Carolina, singing of the Army Song and enjoying celebration cake.

Dr. David Skatrud, ARO director, emphasized the important role that all ARO employees can play in contributing to the Army's recruiting success.

"ARO's principal role and responsibility for the Army are to drive the national research agenda and programs to create innovative scientific discoveries that are crucial to the Army's technological superiority," Skatrud said. "However, it is important to remember that we have responsibilities that span a number of other roles within the Army as well."

According to Skatrud, perhaps chief among these responsibilities, as we are so appropriately reminded during our celebration of the Army's birthday, and especially after hearing about the Army recruiting mission from the staff of the Raleigh Battalion, is ARO's role in supporting recruiting.

"This includes recruiting in the broadest sense. Everything from contributing to the positive perspective of the Army, to advocating the critical and special role of the Army within our country, to actually encouraging individuals to consider careers in the Army - whether in uniform or as civilians," Skatrud said.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, currently celebrating 25 years of excellence in Army science and technology, is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.


Last Update / Reviewed: June 27, 2017