FORT LEE, Va. (Oct. 6, 2011) -- A Combined Arms Support Command Soldier has been selected for a prestigious assignment in the nation's capital.
Staff Sgt. Don Drivas, a power generation equipment repairer, has been assigned to the White House Communications Agency. The Detroit native said it is definitely a career enhancer.
"I think it is pretty tremendous for me as far as progressing my career," he said. It definitely not something everyone gets an opportunity to do. You definitely have to be an outstanding Soldier or NCO to get this assignment."
Drivas will become one of a team of military and civilian members who support the telecommunications requirements of the president, vice president, their staffs, the National Security Council and other governmental entities.
The 28-year-old Drivas, who earned the CASCOM NCO of the year title for 2011, said he had applied to the agency before. Upon getting the news that his application had finally been accepted, he said he was excited.
"I wanted to tell the world and that is pretty much what I did," he continued. "I called my parents, told my wife and the first sergeant. The first sergeant helped me out tremendously."
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, CASCOM 1st Sgt. LaDerek Green said the fact Drivas was selected out of possibly thousands of applicants says much about him and his upbringing.
"It says that Staff Sgt. Drivas career and lifetime of demonstrating excellence," he said. "It also says that his parents have done an outstanding job in raising him on values that have made him an outstanding Soldier. I personally think he is in the top 1 percent of all NCOs in the Army."
WHCA Soldiers are typically assigned for four years. Drivas said he intends to remain progressive.
"My goals is to keep moving up," he said. "I'm looking to make the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club."
The SAMC is an organization of select NCO that uses a rigorous nomination process to induct members. Membership is based on such qualities as leadership ability, technical and tactical excellence and care for Soldiers and families.