At Camp Joseph T. Robinson Army Base in North Little Rock, Arkansas, MG Thomas M. Caden, Jr., addressed 164 graduating Recruiting & Retention NCOs (RRNCOs) from the Strength Maintenance Training Battalion (SMTB) following the completion of their five-week Basic Recruiting & Retention Course. The SMTB is the Recruiting & Retention School for the Army National Guard (ARNG) and graduates hundreds of students from the Non-Career Recruiting & Retention NCO Course per year for Skill Qualification Identifier (SQI) SQI4. SQI4 is the basic Recruiting & Retention Course required for ARNG Soldiers to begin their ARNG recruiting & retention career within the 54 U.S. states and territories. The SMTB also conducts 12 additional recruiting & retention courses along with Mobile Training Teams under its Battalion Commander, MAJ Melake T. Whyte II.
MG Carden is the State of Georgia Adjutant General and has a distinguished list of accomplishments and assignments beginning with his enlistment in March of 1988. As guest speaker at graduation, MG Carden spoke to the RRNCOs about their success in the hardest, most accountable, and important job in the ARNG – Recruiting. He began his speech by letting the SMTB graduating Soldiers know that he was honored to be surrounded by what was right about America and gave a round of applause to their families.