DVIDS – News – Sgt. 1st Class Chole Allen: Passion is contagious

CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea – “My dad used to tell me if you are passionate enough about something that you start, then that passion is contagious,” said Sgt. 1st Class Chole Allen, a platoon sergeant with the 304th Enhanced Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade.

Allen, the daughter of a two-time Vietnam War, spent her early years in Baumholder, Germany, where she remembers a country still divided by the Berlin Wall.

“I grew up in Baumholder in the 80s, there was still an East and West Germany,” Allen recalls. “There was a different sense of American pride back then since we were in the Cold War, so growing up I always knew we had a reason to be there. Our soldiers were there to protect democracy and I knew that one day I would too.

After spending seven and a half years immersed in European culture, Allen’s family headed to Fort Jackson, South Carolina. It was a culture shock to be in the United States. Then, a year later, Allen heard the news of the fall of the Berlin Wall, she said it was an emotional time for her and she struggled to explain to her peers what it meant to the people. German citizens.

“My peers wanted to know why I was so emotional,” Allen said. “It was almost like I had real emotions because a sense of freedom for another country was a foreign concept to them. It was a monumental moment, it meant freedom for a people and a reunion for a lot of families in a country where culture had become important to me.

At that time, at age 14, Allen said something was overwhelming her, she wanted to be part of something bigger than herself. She wanted to be in the US Army.
Allen explored many career opportunities, before realizing that his dream of being in the military never died out.

“I was a paralegal at one point and then a high school teacher, but I just knew I wanted to be next to Soldiers,” Allen said. “I wanted to train them, mentor them, and give them everything that helped me love the military, even what people consider to be bad things.”

At first, Allen said people questioned her sanity, but then her mother and husband agreed they didn’t want to be the reason she put off her dreams.

“I was grateful for the support of my family,” smiles Allen. “It was kind of funny though, I went through Fort Jackson (Military Entry Processing Stations), which is the same one my dad and brothers went through and where my mom has worked for thirty years. It was like a rite of passage. »

The support of her husband and sons allowed her to pursue her three-decade dream of serving the country and changing lives.

“The first two years we had to integrate the boys into Army life,” Allen said. “My husband works as a full-time DOD (Department of Defense) civilian in the Veterans Affairs Bureau, and he watches the boys when I’m gone. I couldn’t do anything without him. Male spouses don’t get as much credit as they should, he’s my rock.

Since joining the Army, Allen has served three years as a drill sergeant. She said her mother used to tell recruits, “I’m the last smile you’ll see before you meet my daughter.”

Coming off the runway, Allen headed for the 304th ESBE.

sergeant. Iceland Veasley, 304th ESBE, multi-channel transmission systems operator, said when Allen arrived at the unit on leave, but many soldiers were already talking about how good a straight shooter the new platoon sergeant was. , Allen, was and that she did not come to play.

Veasley prepared for the worst, but little did she know there was more to Allen than the painted picture of her peers.

“At a mentorship meeting we had, Sergeant Allen told us she joined the military at age thirty-five,” said Sgt. Iceland Veasley, 304th ESBE, multi-channel transmission systems operator. “Furthermore, we found out she had breast cancer and after she went into remission she went down on the orders of drill sergeant. She went through it all, and I would have cried if I had orders. Just the fact that this happened to her after she got over this, I was like, yeah, ‘this is the real deal’.

She uses her life experiences and wealth of knowledge to lead and mentor her soldier in the right direction on and off duty.

One of Allen’s soldiers, Pvt. Khalik Wilson, 304th ESBE, Nodal Network System Operator, said Allen’s leadership goes beyond having the platoon execute a mission or showing them how to maintain their equipment. He said she expects excellence both on and off duty, reminding her platoon that they are responsible for themselves and others. She also has them volunteer in the community around Camp Humphrey picking up trash.

Now, Allen not only puts a smile on the face of soldiers, she encourages them to always do their best, no matter how small the step. She has toured Afghanistan, been on the trail of drill sergeants, coordinated the June 19, 2022 celebration for the Camp Humphreys community, and led a Women’s Mentor Roundtable for her battalion.

“Set your goals and have your own personal successes,” Allen said. “You may not always be recognized for the things you do and that’s okay. If your goal is to guide a person and you do it, then you are successful.

Date taken: 19.07.2022
Date posted: 19.07.2022 23:43
Story ID: 425265
Location: CAMP HUMPHREYS, 41, KR
Hometown: DECATUR, Georgia, USA

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