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Career Day has musical tone at MES

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By Stephen Thomas

 PIONEER VILLAGE - Career Day was a good recruiting tool to bring in a musical entertainer interested in recruiting for the military.

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Sgt. 1st Class Jamie Buckley, assistant recruiting center commander at the U.S. Army center at Jefferson Mall, was invited by Maryville Elementary to speak with students at a Career Day about military jobs.

Buckley did more than talk: The musician gave every Maryville student a copy of his new Country music album, compliments of the Army recruiting office.

Buckley also brought his own band to perform a small concert. The band consisted of his daughter Baylee, 14, on bass guitar and son Colton, 11, on drums, while Dad sang and played guitar.

"I had the family band, so I offered the school both," Buckley said.

In between songs, Buckley discussed military careers, reminding students there was more to it than combat.

"I wanted to show another side of the Army," he said. "It allows talent, it offers other lifestyles. It allowed me to perform and to have a quality family life."

Along with free CDs, pre-signed cards featuring the new album cover were distributed to the day's best-behaving students.

For more information on Army careers visit goarmy.com.