Steven
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SGT Steven Pierce

Manchester, NH

655 South Willow Street,
Manchester, NH 03103

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    SGT Steven Pierce

    Manchester, NH

    How long have you been in:  4 years on March 21st 2021

    Why did you enlist: I always found myself wanting to give back to my community. I enlisted to create a better life for my family.  My goal from day one was to become a full timer AGR for the National Guard so I could make a difference every day.

    Why did you become a recruiter: I became a recruiter because I want to be the person that helps people accomplish their goals in life.  Joining the military is a huge decision and I want to help guide people down the path of success.

    Description of yourself including: I am married to the most amazing woman and have 2 incredible kids! My family life is very active.  We train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a family, we work out as a family.  I love to go hiking up north with my family.  I have recently become a slight video game enthusiast.

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    SFC Alexander J. Thurston

    Concord, NH

    SFC Thurston
    1 Minuteman Way BLDG 1 – RRB – HQ
    Concord, NH 03301

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      SFC Alexander J. Thurston

      Concord, NH

      How long have you been in:  21 years.

      Why did you enlist: To fund college.

      Why did you become a recruiter: I started sharing my experience in the Guard after my first deployment and referred several people to recruiters and was asked to apply and board.

      Description of yourself including: I’m an extremely experienced Recruiting and Retention NCO who is passionate about making sure everyone who serves gets the best experience and develops themselves to be the greatness they deserve.

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      SSG Ashley Maxner

      Franklin, NH

      SSG Maxner
      300 South Main Street
      Franklin, NH 03235

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        SSG Ashley Maxner

        Franklin, NH

        How long have you been in:  Enlisted July 13, 2007

        Why did you enlist: It was a lifelong dream of mine to be in the Army and serve my country.

        Why did you become a recruiter: I became a recruiter to offer opportunities to others that will set them up for success to achieve their life goals

        Description of yourself including: Dedicated, honest, team player.  I will work hard to help get you to where you want to be in life.

        SSG Devin Anderson

        Franklin RC

        Franklin RC

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          SSG Devin Anderson

          Franklin RC

          How long have you been in:  12 years

          Why did you enlist: I enlisted during a recession in 2008 to help open up new career paths.

          Why did you become a recruiter: I became a recruiter to help provide opportunities to those looking to give back to their community and country as well as train new Soldiers that enlist with us at the Recruit Training Company.

          Description of yourself including: Recruiter for the Lakes Region and surrounding areas. I enjoy hiking, hunting and spending time with my wife and two boys.

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          SSG Adam T. Rich

          NH

          SSG Rich
          Offices in Littleton, Plymouth and Franklin

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            SSG Adam T. Rich

            How long have you been in:  Joined the NH Army National Guard on April 6th 2006.

            Why did you enlist: I enlisted because I knew the Military was a way to better myself for my family, my career and so that I could give back to the State of New Hampshire. Growing up in the North Country, I was raised with the ideals that you give back and always help your neighbors.

            Why did you become a recruiter: I want to give back to the people of NH the opportunities that have been given to me. Effort is free, success is earned.

            Description of yourself including: I am a motivated Career Counselor first and foremost. I currently reside in Central NH with my family. I seek people that are ready to make a change in their lives, and are ready to work in their communities.

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            SSG Jason M. Collins.

            Strafford, NH

            11 Academy Ave.
            Strafford, NH

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              SSG Jason M. Collins

              Strafford, NH

              How long have you been in:  16 Years

              Why did you enlist: Honest answer…A lot of my friends dropped out of high school and started doing dumb stuff, so I wanted to get away before I fell down the same path, build a better life for myself. I stay in because of what the Army has allowed to do, the life it has helped me make.

              Why did you become a recruiter: Became a Recruiter to share the knowledge and experiences with the younger generation that may be in a similar situation as I was my senior year in high school, to hopefully make them realize it doesn’t end there. A new life can be built, and not to be afraid to turn down the dirt road to see where it goes.

              Description of yourself including: Hockey fan, still play a few times a week. I like to build various things. Don’t like dirty windows. I’ll never shave my head. Always wear my seatbelt. Love motorcycles. Love hiking. Love fishing. Hate running, but I do it. Want to learn to fly a helicopter. I don’t care about long walks on the beach. Can’t wait to grow a beard when I retire. I’m an Alicia Keys fan. Favorite color is red. Favorite animal is a mountain lion or tiger. Love my lawn. I think I could beat a chimp in a fight. Enjoy helping others achieve their goals. Active duty prior to enlisting in the NG. Multiple deployments to Iraq an AFG. Been a Recruiter for 2 ½ years. Seacoast Team Leader.

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              SSG Cassandra Brown

              Somersworth,NH

              15 Blackwater Road,
              Somersworth, NH 03878

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                SSG Cassandra Brown

                Somersworth,NH

                How long have you been in:  Since 2013 or 6.5 years

                Why did you enlist: When I was in high school it was pushed upon me to go to college and I followed that plan. My senior year of  college I still felt like I was missing something and serving in the military was a goal I had not achieved yet. I discovered that the National Guard was a part time organization, which allowed me continue accomplishing my goal to become a Police Officer, but also allowed me to serve in the military. Joining the Guard also provided me the experience needed to get hired as a Police Officer. I have loved all the doors it has opened for me and the financial stability it has given me.

                Why did you become a recruiter: I became a recruiter in order to talk to students who were like myself – they wanted to serve, but did not want to go full time active duty. I love helping others achieve their life and career goals and showing them that the Guard can help you do that.

                Description of yourself including:  I am 28 years old and have grown up and went to school in the Seacoast Area. Before becoming a recruiter I worked as a Police Officer in Concord, NH and now work part time for Madbury Police Department. I love helping others and serving in my community. I am married with two shibainu dogs! If I am not recruiting, I love to play soccer, hike and go snowboarding. If you are looking to learn more about the opportunities the guard can provide for you feel free to text, call or send me a message on Facebook or Instagram.

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                SSG Alyssa A. O’Donnell

                Manchester, NH

                Manchester Storefront,
                655 South Willow St,
                Manchester, NH 03103

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                  SSG Alyssa A. O’Donnell

                  Manchester, NH

                  How long have you been in:  8 years

                  Why did you enlist: College Money and Adventure

                  Why did you become a recruiter: To help young adults create a career path- whether or not it be college or working and use the Guard to help them become successful.

                  Description of yourself including: I am currently going to UNH, studying Health and Physical Education and have 2 courses left until I get my free degree. I am an avid CrossFitter and have a passion for races and competitions. My daughter is 3 years old and my dog is 7 months. I hope to do 20 or more years full time in the NH Army National Guard.

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                  SSG Zerk-Eli Manner

                  Manchester, NH

                  Manchester Storefront,
                  655 South Willow St,
                  Manchester, NH 03103

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                    SSG Zerk-Eli Manner

                    Manchester, NH

                    How long have you been in:  12 years

                    Why did you enlist: My dad was in the Army. I also had a brother in the Navy and another one in the army.

                    Why did you become a recruiter: I was Born to be a Recruiter. I am a natural salesperson and love the energy of this job. I love helping people find their own success.

                    Description of yourself including: I am a passionate person. I love my wife and my two little kiddos. The military was one of the best things that happen to me and I like to share that with the folks I work with. I have a lot of hobbies, I like video games, all things house and construction related, cooking, motorcycles, sports, games, challenges and building pretty much anything

                    SGT Shawn Bleau

                    SGT Bleau
                    Team Nashua store front

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                      SGT Shawn Bleau

                      How long have you been in:  6 years

                      Why did you enlist: I enlisted to carry on my family tradition of service in the New Hampshire army national guard, and to fulfill the need to serve my country with in myself

                      Why did you become a recruiter: I became a recruiter to help spread the word and give other people the opportunities that were given to me and my family.

                      Description of yourself including: I am a New Hampshire born and raised avid outdoorsmen and look for every opportunity to get in to the woods of New Hampshire. I am a father of four daughters and a third generation New Hampshire Army National Guardsmen.

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                      SSG Dustin Glidden

                      Nashua, NH

                      SSG Glidden
                      154 Daniel Webster HW.
                      Nashua NH, 03060

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                        SSG Dustin Glidden

                        Nashua, NH

                        How long have you been in:  13.5 years

                        Why did you enlist: I needed to get on a better path in life. I wanted to do my part after 9/11.

                        Why did you become a recruiter: To help people make a positive change in their lives, team player, loyal and honest.

                        Description of yourself including: I am a father, husband, Soldier and mountaineer.

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                        SSG Eidon Cruznunez

                        Manchester, NH

                        SSG Cruz
                        Manchester, NH

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                          SSG Eidon Cruznunez

                          Manchester, NH

                          How long have you been in:  11 years- all national guard

                          Why did you enlist: Wanted to go to college without having to accrued a huge debt

                          Why did you become a recruiter: I want to change people’s lives for the better, the same way my recruiter changed mine.

                          Description of yourself including: My name is Eidon Cruz, I’m originally from Lawrence Massachusetts, I`m a huge fan of video games and anime. I like to balance my off time with self-improving habits like going to the gym, hiking with my wife and kid, reading, or studying art.

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                          SSG Adam Collier

                          Nashua, NH

                          SSG Collier
                          154 DW HIGHWAY
                          Nashua, NH

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                            SSG Adam Collier

                            Nashua, NH

                            How long have you been in:  17 years

                            Why did you enlist: Service to country. 9/11

                            Why did you become a recruiter: Give back to the community I grew up in

                            SSG Christopher Demain

                            Concord, NH

                            SSG Demain
                            1 Minuteman Way
                            Concord, NH 03301

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                              SSG Christopher Demain

                              Concord, NH

                              How long have you been in:  10 Years

                              Why did you enlist: I joined to help protect my country and community. I knew that in order to be a part of the big picture of protecting and providing support to both country and community, the Army National Guard was the path for me.

                              Why did you become a recruiter: I became a recruiter because I wanted to help those looking for a path to success, not only see or hear that the ARNG could provide this, but give them my story and end up making their own success story while being a part of our organization.

                              Description of yourself including: I have always been the kind of person to put others before myself. I have a “go getter” mentality and will stop at nothing until all tasks are completed. One thing I always say is Get After it! That “it” is your goals, dreams and tasks at hand. Don’t stop until it’s completed and you are satisfied. That’s who I am and I will always Stay After It! I am here for you!

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                              SSG Benjamin Courchesne

                              SSG Courchesne

                               180 Heater Road, Lebanon NH, 03766

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                                SSG Benjamin Courchesne

                                How long have you been in:  12 ½ years of service, Joined through the NHARNG through the split option program in 2008 at age 17 Went to fort Leonardwood, MO for both basic and AIT

                                Why did you become a recruiter: Recruiter for 1 year

                                Description of yourself including: Graduated Newport,NH High School
                                – Keene State College, Physical Education
                                – Father of 2
                                – 29 years old

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                                SSG Robin F. Rojek

                                Manchester, NH

                                SSG Rojek
                                Manchester Storefront,
                                655 South Willow St,
                                Manchester, NH 03103

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                                  SSG Robin F. Rojek

                                  Manchester, NH

                                  How long have you been in:  12 years

                                  Why did you enlist: College Money and Service to Country. Following father’s footsteps

                                  Why did you become a recruiter: To help young adults create a career path/sense of direction- with or without college and for them to use the Guard to set them up with a path of success in order to become more successful with more opportunities.

                                  Description of yourself including: I am currently the Team Leader for the NH Army National Guard Manchester Recruiting Office. I am also a Drill Sergeant at the Recruit Training Company. I attended Plymouth State University studying Criminal Justice. I have been recruiting for 7 years, which the last 4 have been in the Manchester-Derry area. My hobbies included playing sports (soccer, football, and softball), hiking, swimming, and home construction.

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                                  SSG Derek Kirlis

                                  Concord, NH

                                  SSG Kirlis
                                  1 Minuteman Way,
                                  Concord, NH 03301

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                                    SSG Derek Kirlis

                                    Concord, NH

                                    How long have you been in:  Joined NHARNG 2011 as 13M Himars Crewmember in the 3rd Battalion, 197th Field Artillery Brigade, Bravo Battery, out of Nashua

                                    Why did you become a recruiter: I became a recruiter so that I could help inform the public of what the Army National Guard is and what serving with us can do for the team. The Army National Guard gave me the opportunity to become very successful and reach my goals. I want to give that opportunity to others, so they too can be on the path to success and financial freedom. 

                                    Description of yourself including: Born in MA, Graduate of Pinkerton Academy, Bachelor’s Degree Criminal Justice, 11 years of law enforcement experience

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                                    SFC Kevin Wheeler

                                    Hillsborough, NH

                                    SFC Wheeler
                                    140 West Main Street
                                    Hillsborough, NH, 03244

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                                      SFC Kevin Wheeler

                                      Hillsborough, NH

                                      How long have you been in:  Enlisted 12th May 2005 as a Spit-Option, Jr in High School

                                      Why did you enlist: I wanted to serve my country and set a good foundation for the rest of my life.

                                      Why did you become a recruiter: To make known and offer opportunities to the young men and woman throughout my community.
                                      US Army Drill Sergeant Academy, Non-Career Recruiter, Fair but firm, team player, loyal and honest.

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