Command Sgt. Maj. Jorge Arzabala | Photo courtesy US Army

Native El Pasoan set to assume command of 20th CBRNE in Aberdeen Proving Ground

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo.  — Command Sgt. Maj. Jorge Arzabala, El Paso native, is scheduled to pass responsibility of the 3rd Chemical Brigade to Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Johnson in a ceremony at 9 a.m. Thursday on Gammon Field.

After departing Fort Leonard Wood, Arzabala is slated to take responsibility of the 20th CBRNE Command in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical specialist in 1999, attending Once Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood. And, throughout his more than 20-year career, Arzabala has held various leadership roles at locations around the world and deployed for peacekeeping and combat operations.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Ashford University and a Master of Arts degree in Leadership Studies from The University of Texas at El Paso.

As part of the Army’s National Hiring Days, Arzabala decided to share his story with others in the El Paso area.

The Army National Hiring Days campaign, which launched as a virtual event in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will through June 14 this year and includes up to $40,000 in signing bonuses or student loan reimbursement up to $65,000, depending on qualifications, selected occupation, and length of the service contract.

Recruiting stations across the country will host virtual career fairs throughout the five-week campaign to provide information about the many career paths and benefits available and answer questions potential applicants may have about life in the Army.

Army officials share that the recruiters will also discuss the benefits Soldiers receive, to include health insurance, retirement plans, training and certifications, tuition assistance for college courses, and family support programs.

Interested individuals can go online to see if they meet the qualifications, learn about part-time and full-time careers and associated hiring incentives, and connect with a local recruiter.