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National Guard looks for new recruits

^ Master Staff Sergeant  Dale Shanklin ^ Master Staff Sergeant Dale Shanklin

February 7, 2003

Bainbridge- Last Sunday, the 1230th Transportation Unit of the National Guard in Bainbridge waved goodbye to their family and friends as they jumped on a bus, headed to Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Now, the National Guard is looking for new people to sign up. Recruitment officers say with the threat of war, they don't want potential members to be turned away.

Master Staff Sergeant  Dale Shanklin says, "We want people to realize that giving back to the United States is important, and there are a lot of opportunities in the National Guard. "

Master Sgt. Dale Shanklin at the National Guard headquarters in Albany says while the decrease isn't drastic, their goal is to find more soldiers who are willing to answer the call of war, just as the Transportation unit in Bainbridge did. 

 Shanklin says seeing soldiers in national guard units, like the 1230th, being deployed has made him proud to be in the national guard, a pride he hopes new recruits will have.

He adds, "I have been in the National Guard for many years now, and I am proud of my service. "

Master Sergeant Shanklin hopes more citizens will be willing to become soldiers and give back to a country he says has given them so much.

Shanklin says his team will continue to visit South Georgia high schools and attend college fairs, hoping to find people who are willing and able to serve their country.

Posted at 8:20PM by Jocelyn.Maner@walb.com