By Staff Sgt. Scott D. Longstreet, 241st Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
NEW ORLEANS – Nearly two dozen Soldiers from the Louisiana National Guard’s 773rd Military Police Battalion renewed their enlistments during a visit by senior Guard leaders at locations around the state, Dec. 5.
“We need Soldiers that are experienced and knowledgeable,” said Col. Cindy H. Haygood, 139th Regional Support Group commander. “By reenlisting, the experience and knowledge is already in place. We know serving your country is a tremendous sacrifice and we are truly grateful and appreciative.”
The event allowed Soldiers who were nearing the end of their contracts to discuss their careers with leaders, ask questions, and resolve issues that may have prevented them from continuing to serve.
“Our challenge as senior leaders is to keep the Soldiers that want to remain,” said Lt Col. Richard Douget, 773rd Military Police Battalion commander. “We need to meet with each and every one of them to find out what objections or questions they might have as part of the reenlistment process.”
The senior leaders met with Soldiers of the 239th Military Police Company, based in Carville, the 2228th Military Police Company, based at Camp Beauregard, and the 39th Military Police Company, at Camp Minden.
“By reenlisting, you gain experiences that are built upon your time with us,” said Maj. Gen. Stephen C. Dabadie, LANG assistant adjutant general. “We thank you for choosing to stay with the family. Your 20 years will go by quick.”
Pfc. Cheryl N. Roy, from Lafayette, was one of the Soldiers who reenlisted.
“Wearing this uniform isn’t about a job or paycheck,” she said. “It is a way of life and a lifestyle. By staying in longer I will get more life lessons that I can apply to my everyday life.”
Roy sees herself as an important role model for female enlisted Soldiers.
“The military needs more females and by reenlisting I can mentor more females,” she added. “That is far more rewarding than any incentive. If there is something you want, go for it. The Louisiana National Guard makes that possible and I am thankful for the opportunity.”
Louisiana National Guard 773rd Military Police Battalion Reenlistments:
Sgt. Benjamin J. Begault, of Metairie, 239th MP Co.
Staff Sgt. James F. Harrington, of Kenner, Det. 1, 239th MP Co.
Sgt. Robert J. Heagle, of Bogalusa, 239th MP Co.
Spc. Lance C. Hukins, of West Point, Mississippi, 239th MP Co.
Sgt. 1st Class James A. Scaruffi, of Saint Rose, 239th MP Co.
Sgt. Ike Williams, of Baton Rouge, Det. 1, 239th MP Co.
Spc. Robert B. Adair, of Noble, HHD, 773rd MP BN
Spc. Veronica G. Boutte, of Kingwood, Texas, 2228th MP Co.
Spc. Mark A. Breaux, of Houma, 2228th MP Co.
Pfc. Dustin R. Campbell, of Deville, 2228th MP Co.
Spc. Derrick C. Courville, of Opelousas, 2228th MP Co.
Spc. Tamika N. Franklin, of Lake Charles, Det. 1, 2228th MP Co.
Sgt. 1st Class Timothy W. Laborde, of Marksville, HHD, 773rd MP BN
Spc. Jeremy T. Mitchell, of Saint Francisville, HHD, 773rd MP BN
Spc. Natalie Y. Oliver, of Alexandria, HHD, 773rd MP BN
Spc. Angel A. Reyes, of Alexandria, 2228th MP Co.
Pfc. Cheryl N. Roy, of Lafayette, Det. 1, 2228th MP Co.
Staff Sgt. Daniel B. Hopson, of Delhi, Det. 1, 39th MP Co.
Pfc. James M. Nutt, of Bossier City, 39th MP Co.
Sgt. Brandon O. Sims, of Monroe, Det. 1, 39th MP Co.
Sgt. William J. Smart, of Princeton, 39th MP Co.
Spc. Aviance S. Smith, of Shreveport, 39th MP Co.
For any Soldier or unit that needs more information on the Louisiana National Guard Retention incentives and benefits, contact Sgt. 1st Class Gene R. Carbaugh at 318-640-5335, 318-416-4611, or Eugene.firstname.lastname@example.org.