The Army Recruiting Center in Cambridge held a grand opening event complete with open house, ribbon cutting and food provided by Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on Friday, Oct. 25 at its new location at 1870 Second Ave. SE, just west of the Walmart store. Pictured, from left: SFC Michael Hatzke; SSG Joshua Hall; SFC Charles Rachunek, center commander; Jeff Pleski, city of Cambridge; Jon Swanson, Minnco Credit Union; Cathy Johnson, Cambridge Chamber; Bob Hylland, Lake State Credit Union; and Eric Champion, president of the Cambridge Chamber.
Pleski, a retired U.S. Army First Sergeant who currently works as city inspector for the city of Cambridge, attended the grand opening on behalf of Mayor Marlys Palmer who was unable to attend. “A lot of people don’t realize how important recruiters are,” he said at the event. “They put qualified people in our Army. They deserve a lot of credit.” Photos by Jon Tatting
Calling themselves “soldier wives,” these women were happy to serve the food provided by Dickey’s Barbecue Pit at the Oct. 25 grand opening. They are, from left, Lexie Serfling, Caitlin Armstrong and Mandy Hatzke. The event allowed visitors to meet their local Army representatives and talk about active Army and Army Reserve opportunities. The public received some Army Strong prizes, viewed interactive videos on the back of an Army H3 and had personalized dog tags made.
Richard Waytashek, owner of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in North Branch, pictured with SFC Charles Rachunek (left), center commander, SSG Joshua Hall and SFC Michael Hatzke (right) at the Army Recruiting Center grand opening in Cambridge. Also present but not pictured: SSG Dustin Armstrong and SSG William Schmidt, who serve as recruiters at the center. “This location is much better,” SFC Charles Rachunek, center commander, said at the grand opening.