A No Slack Soldier assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), re-enlisted June 13 at Clarksville Speedway and Fairgrounds.
Sergeant Travis Sullivan has served in the Army for 18 months and committed to four more years of service to our nation.
Re-enlistment ceremonies are special and traditionally the Soldier who is re-committing to Army service chooses the ceremony location.
Sullivan, a native of Buffalo, New York, grew up going to Freedom Motorsports Park in Delevan, New York, and developed a love for racing. So, although he had never attended a race at Clarksville Speedway until June 13, it seemed like the perfect spot for his re-enlistment ceremony.
“I’ve always wanted to join [The Army] since I was a kid,” Sullivan said. “The Army has great opportunities and stability. I just got promoted to sergeant and got a team. I’m pretty excited and I just love what I do.”
Eddie Campbell, the sports announcer at Clarksville Speedway, was especially proud to announce Sullivan’s re-enlistment ceremony as the first of its kind at the speedway.
Campbell is a veteran of the 101st Abn. Div. who served 1988-1989 with the 326th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade. To announce a fellow Screaming Eagle and Bastogne Soldier was special for him.
“It was phenomenal and I was glad to be a part of it,” he said. “This was the first time anything like this has happened here in the 14 years I’ve been here. The crowd was speechless and thrilled. I’m a military guy myself and the crowd here loves our military. This was something the crowd needed to see.”
The hundreds of fans were not the only people excited and proud to see Sullivan commit to four more years in the Army, as he was surrounded by his battle buddies in B Company and Family.
Sullivan’s former platoon leader, 1st Lt. Daniel Hogestyn, infantryman, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-327 Inf. Regt., had the honor of giving the Oath of Enlistment on the speedway’s dirt track.
“This is my favorite part of being a platoon leader,” Hogestyn said. “This is definitely something I will always remember.”
The Soldiers of B Co., 2-327th Inf. Regt., have been in the field conducting squad tactical exercises to prepare for their upcoming rotation to the Joint Readiness Training Center-Fort Polk, Louisiana. The re-enlistment ceremony provided a short hiatus from training.
“This is definitely a highlight while being in command,” said Capt. Noah Currie, B Co., 2-327th Inf. Regt. commander. “Definitely a highlight.”