Hempstead Takes Small RSS For 1st District
By Staff Sgt Matt Olivolo
| | December 07, 2001
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. --
Recruiting Station New York Marines are known for having high performance NCOICs and recruiters. Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Quiroz, RSS Hempstead NCOIC for fiscal year 2001 carried on the New York tradition and came out victorious at the end of the year.
"It's a nice feeling being number one," exclaimed Quiroz. "To me, there is no other option but to be number one. Going to the Super Bowl [annual awards] is what we all strive for."
Quiroz moved to RSS Hempstead mid-year in fiscal year 2000 to take over as the NCOIC. He knew that by taking over halfway through the year it would be almost impossible to be number one based off of his predecessor's performance.
"I actually liked going into an RSS half way through the year, because it allowed me time to train my recruiters from scratch for the coming year," explained Quiroz. "When I first got there I noticed the mistakes some of the recruiters were making were due to a lack of training. They needed guidance and leadership, not just talking but showing."
Quiroz attributes all of his success to training he received from RS New York's Recruiter Instructor Master Sgt. Cristino Perez.
"I've adopted a lot of Top Perez's philosophies from when I was a canvassing recruiter," said Quiroz. "When a recruiter is having problems with an applicant I tell the recruiter to bring him to me. If I can't talk the applicant into joining then nobody can."
"I learned a lot from Top Perez," continued Quiroz. "I always liked his leadership style. He mentored you and forced you to learn and made you work for him through motivation."
From the start of fiscal year 2001, RSS Hempstead started running without looking back.
"At the start of the year I made a pact with my boys," explained Quiroz. "I talked to them about going to the Super Bowl, that it would be a lot of work and a lot of extra time spent away from home. We all agreed, and it was not an easy task ... but at the end of the year all of our hard work paid off."
"We had the number one County Recruiter Staff Sgt. Dwayne Hernandez take the crown for the second year in a row as well as the rest of my boys putting in quality young men and women," bragged Quiroz. "When I first took over Hempstead, Hernandez was fresh on the streets. I like to say he was one of my greatest accomplishments; taking number one two year's in a row. I knew he had it in him ... he just needed someone to direct his efforts in the right direction."
"I'm proud of our accomplishments," explained Quiroz. "My boys did it, they followed me and listened to what I had to say. As a result we came out on top."
According to Master Sgt. Perez, recruiting is a job that requires continuous training.
"When Gunnery Sgt. Quiroz was a young staff sergeant working for me in the Bronx, I always told him like any other job you have to 'show' your Marines that you have the ability to lead from the front," explained Perez. "Gunnery Sgt. Quiroz did just that and his actions were rewarded as a result. Training your Marines is vital for success."
Quiroz has recently been transferred down to RSS Bronx as the NCOIC where he originally started as a recruiter.
"This is home for me," said Quiroz. "I'm ready for the next challenge in my Marine Corps career."