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Durham-based Navy recruiter earns national honor

Posted December 23, 2013

A Durham-based U.S. Navy recruiter was named a National Officer Recruiter of the Year today.

A Durham-based U.S. Navy recruiter was named a National Officer Recruiter of the Year today.

Quartermaster Second Class Robert Baetz was one of 14 recipients nationwide to receive the honor. Baetz became a recruiter in 2012 after serving in the Marines for nine years and the Navy Reserves for nearly two years.

Awardees are recognized for outstanding performance in their recruiting duties which directly contributes to the Navy's fleet readiness and capability, according to a statement from the Navy.

“My goal was not to achieve great things but to ensure that I provided the best customer service and dedication to each applicant to give them the foundation for their lives,” Baetz said in a written statement. “The single most gratifying thing I find about recruiting is seeing the reaction of individuals selected and the transformation that takes place.”

Baetz will be recognized during an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in late January.

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