Olympic Medalist and Utah Guard Member Shauna Rohbock Reenlists, Makes Sergeant

 

Written by Shad West

Published November 13, 2006

 

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Sgt. Shauna Rohbock, left, with teammate and fellow silver medalist Valeria Fleming at Rockbock's promotion/reenlistment ceremony Nov. 2.

Photo by Sgt. Kelly Collett

Sgt. Shauna Rohbock, left, with teammate and fellow silver medalist Valeria Fleming at Rockbock's promotion/reenlistment ceremony Nov. 2.

DRAPER, UtahThe Utah National Guard took gold when Spc. Shauna Rohbock reenlisted for three more years and was subsequently promoted to the rank of sergeant in a dual ceremony on Nov. 2.

Rohbock is the women’s bobsled silver medalist from the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, and is a member of the Utah National Guard Recruiting Team. This reenlistment comes just seven months into a one-year commitment. Rohbock is nearing the end of her sixth year as a Guard member.

She expressed appreciation for the opportunity that the National Guard has provided to her.

“It’s pretty much a no-brainer for me to reenlist,” Rohbock said. “Without the support of the National Guard I wouldn’t be able to accomplish what I do at the level I do it.”

Her membership in the Guard allows her to continue training full time as a member of the World Class Athlete Program.

Sgt. Shauna Rohbock, right, takes the oath of reenlistment with assistance from of Maj. Coy Bryant in Draper Nov. 2.

Photo by Sgt. Kelly Collett

Sgt. Shauna Rohbock, right, takes the oath of reenlistment

with assistance from of Maj. Coy Bryant in Draper Nov. 2.

A recent addition to the Utah Guard’s recruiting team, she will assist recruiters by appearing at local events and speaking to young audiences about the great opportunities the Guard provides.

Rohbock plans to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and will work part time with the Guard in Recruiting while at the same time maintaining her conditioning and training program to meet her athletic goals

“The Guard works with me and with my drill schedules,” Rohbock said. “Working with Recruiting has been great. They have really worked with me too.”

Rohbock’s boss Sgt. Maj. Jesse Adamson said she exemplifies the idea of what a Guard member is.

 “Shauna is great role model for young men and women alike,” Adamson said. “I think she is a great representative of the Utah National Guard. Not only does she represent us well in uniform, but also in her respective sport.”

The highlight of the day for Rohbock was her promotion to sergeant.

Shauna Rohbock, newly minted sergeant in the Utah National Guard, takes the oath of reenlistment Nov. 2.

Photo by Sgt. Kelly Collett

Shauna Rohbock, newly minted sergeant in the Utah

National Guard, takes the oath of reenlistment Nov. 2.

“Every time I go to one of these things and I’m around other Soldiers they look at my rank and ask how long I have been in,” Rohbock said. “I always get razzed about being a specialist. I’ve been one for so long.”

Rohbock’s Olympic teammate and fellow silver medalist Valerie Fleming was present at her teammate’s reenlistment and promotion ceremony.

“Valerie has been there for Shauna through all of her Guard responsibilities,” Adamson said. “She’s been a great support to both Shauna and the Utah National Guard. I anticipate they will make a run for the gold in 2010.”

For Rohbock not having to choose between her love for service or sport has been great.

“I love both of the uniforms I wear,” Rohbock said. “I can’t explain the feeling I have when I wear either one, but both are equally important to me.”