August 24 , 2005
By Capt. Mark Widener
A recruiter from the Virginia Air National Guard stepped up to meet a recruiting challenge from the Chief of the National Guard Bureau and took top honors in the nation. Master Sgt. Angela Hill was recognized for her outstanding performance at the Chief Freedom Challenge Awards Ceremony held on July 4, 2005.
In February 2005, Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, put forth a challenge to all Army and Air National Guard recruiters that was intended to inspire the recruiters to strive even harder to increase their numbers. Those that met the challenge were to be invited to Blum’s house to spend the 4th of July and enjoy BBQ and fireworks.
The criteria for Army National Guard recruiters was to enlist 11 applicants during the timeframe from Feb. 1, 2005 through June 15, 2005, but Air Guard recruiters had a different goal: they needed to enlist 18 people during that same time period.
By July 3, 2005, Hill had answered Blum’s challenge. Not only did she enlist 34 people in the specified timeframe, she also surpassed 290 other Army and Air Guard recruiters and was noted as having the highest overall accession of recruits Guard wide. This accomplishment made her the number one recruiter in the nation as pertaining to the recruitment goals set forth for the Army and Air National Guard.
It wasn’t until she attended the Chief Freedom Challenge Award Ceremony that she found out just how well she did. Blum invited Hill to sit with him at his table for breakfast at the ceremony that morning. She was very surprised when it was announced that she had attained the highest number of accessions in the Chief Freedom Challenge across the nation.
Many of the recruiters present at the occasion asked Hill how she achieved such outstanding results. “By putting in lots of long hours and liking what you do,” she said. “When you are in a work environment that is very comfortable it just makes the job a lot easier,” was her answer.