Columbus native and Army soldier 1st Lt. Glen A. Brown is featured in a national television commercial for the Army’s new advertising campaign.
The one-minute spot builds on the “Army Strong” brand by showcasing a diverse selection of soldiers in various Army careers reciting the Soldier’s Creed.
Brown is the U.S. Army Drill Team Commander with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) at Fort Myer, Va. He said he thinks the team was featured in the advertisement that premiered last week because it represents one of the unique and creative jobs available to potential enlistees.
“I think people will see that there are a lot of opportunities in the Army and that the Army is a great place,” Brown said. “I’ve been in the military for 19 years. It’s been really good to me and I’m pretty sure that the skills and some of the values I’ve learned in the military I’ll probably carry those with me the rest of my life.”
Brown grew up in the Columbus area where his father was stationed at Fort Benning. He attended Kendrick High School and in 1989 enlisted in the Army as a signal support specialist.
“My father, he retired the same year that I enlisted,” Brown said. “He retired at Fort Benning and I got my start there, so Fort Benning will always have a special place in my heart.”
He returned to his hometown in 2006 to attend the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School where he graduated with a commission as an infantry officer. He also earned his Airborne wings and Ranger tab at Benning.
The 37-year-old husband and father of a 2-year-old son said he’s honored to have been featured in the Army’s national campaign as a representative of leadership and diversity in the ranks. Shooting the commercial was easy up to the point where the director singled Brown out to recite the Soldier’s Creed in front of his unit.
“It was a little nerve-wracking,” he said.
Brown said his performance has been met with praise from friends and family, though he admits to have taken a little flak from a few well-meaning buddies.
“My family is real proud,” he said. “My mom’s real proud of it.”
Brown works daily with the oldest infantry unit in the active Army. The Old Guard is primarily responsible for conducting official ceremonial duties such as standing sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the nation’s capital and demonstrating precision rifle drills at public exhibitions. The approximately 1,200 drill team soldiers practice their craft from sun up to sun down, Brown said, leaving little time to maintain their tactical skills in the field — another requirement of the job.
“It is used as an asset for outreach to the community to let the public know that the Army is something other than what you see on TV,” Brown said.