Sgt.1st Class Jean A. Hohbach

SFC Hohbach, Jean A.

SFC Hohbach, Jean A.

Why I Stay Army Reserve  

“I love being a soldier for the camaraderie. I left the Reserves once and it only took a year and a half to know I wanted back in. I want to be part of the solution and not the problem. I want to help others that can’t help themselves. I want to remain part of the family of Retention NCO’s. I would encourage others to reenlist because they have committed to their first enlistment and have been well trained. They have started a career that the Army Reserves will support. Above and beyond that, applicants are proud to serve their country. I see it everyday at the MEPS and have experienced it myself, their initial enlistment came from the heart. That reason and dedication remains. Other benefits just enhance that.”

Sgt.1st Class Jean A. Hohbach


I enlisted in the United States Army as a 79V, Career Counselor. Career Counselors directly impacts the end strength of the Army Reserves by reenlisting and counseling soldiers on career decisions. Additionally we answer general reenlistment, benefits, career track and other questions as needed by soldiers. I take the responsibility of being a citizen soldier seriously. I know that my fellow soldiers and countrymen rely on me to do my job. If I do my job well, our end strength is maintained and the soldier as well as the Army benefits. Before that I was a Navy Reserve Sailor where I served as an all source Intelligence Specialist.

I am a Human Resources Assistant at the Sioux Falls, SD Military Entrance Processing Station (SF MEPS)in my civilian occupation. In this position, I assist in the initial enlistment of applicants from all services. I review the accuracy of all paperwork so that the future enlistees start their military career off on solid ground. I pick up the career track for the Army Reserves by counseling, supporting and reenlisting soldiers after their first term enlistment.

I deployed to Afghanistan where I reviewed imagery to identify potential targets.  My military awards include the Operation Enduring Freedom, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device, National Defense Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2).

I was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD where I graduated from Washington High School in 1982. In 1986 I graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and again in 1991 with a Masters in Sociology.

My hobbies are gardening and taking care of my cats.

SFC Hohbach with husband Oliver

SFC Hohbach with husband Oliver


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