Las Vegas, Nevada. – I am Sgt. 1st Class Boris O. Cornejo, your blogger for the Army Reserve Career Counselor of the Year, fiscal year 2009. I’ve been in the Army a total of fifteen years between the Active Army and the Army Reserve. I joined the Army in 1994 as an infantryman; during my career with the Army I have served in a variety of assignments which include, infantry team leader, infantry scout, Army recruiter and my present assignment as an Accessions Career Counselor with the Army Reserve Careers Division.
During my career with the Army I have had the privilege to take part in different competitions ranging from Soldier of the year boards to infantry iron man competition. Without a doubt, one of the most demanding boards in which I have participated, has been the Army Reserve Career Counselor of the Year Board. The reason for this is that the level of the competitors is very high; all of the Soldiers appearing before this board have had many years of experience in the Army. These Soldiers have already proven themselves among their peers to be the best the Army has to offer.
I had the honor to be named the 2008 Army Reserve Career Counselor of the Year. The honor was not due to the title, it was due to the privilege and opportunity to sit in the same room and spend a few days with such fine group of NCOs during the competition.
This year, I will have the honor once again to be in the same setting with another group of fine warriors, however, this time not as competitor but as a blogger during the board proceedings. Twelve NCOs from each region of the Army Reserve Careers Division will meet from August 20th through the 24th in Homestead AFB, Florida and compete for the title of Army Reserve Career Counselor of the Year. These Soldiers have spent countless hours studying the different study guides and Army publications available to them. They have prepared themselves physically and mentally with support of their families and colleagues. Beginning on September 20th everything they know will be put to the test. As Soldiers we know that perfection might not be possible, however, I would like to quote the words of Vince Lombardi, “perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” I am sure that during next week we will witness excellence at its best.
In the upcoming week I will be talking to these fine warriors about their experience in the competition and providing you daily updates of their progress. Good luck!