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Peggs’ Matthew Hendrickson – Oklahoma Army National Guard Spotlight

Sergeant Matthew Hendrickson with the Oklahoma National Guard is from Peggs, Oklahoma which is south of Locust Grove in Cherokee County. Today, SGT Hendrickson serves as a recruiter covering the Tahlequah area including Northeastern State University and the surrounding areas. 

“I’m originally from Peggs, Oklahoma, which is a small dairy farm community. After leaving active duty Army in 2014 I came into the Oklahoma National Guard,” said Hendrickson. “I cover Northeastern Oklahoma which includes Northeastern State University, Indian Capitol Tech, and high schools like Cave Springs, Sequoyah Tahlequah, Keys, Stilwell, Tahlequah, and Fort Gibson.” 

When he first enlisted into the U.S. Army, Hendrickson served as a 35G or Geospatial Analyst. Recruiting is something that comes naturally for Hendrickson, and he is always pleased to help future soldiers get their careers started. 

“I enjoy the ability to help others and give direction for careers to the new generation while having time to maintain family duties,” said Hendrickson. 

The ability to serve close to home is a big reason many recruits decide to join the National Guard. SGT Hendrickson is quick to point out other reasons potential soldiers should look into the National Guard in Oklahoma. 

“The National Guard gives multiple opportunities to the community leaders of tomorrow, such as, education, training, career opportunities and a sense of belonging and purpose,” said Hendrickson. 

During his time in the United States Army and Oklahoma National Guard, SGT Hendrickson has traveled to places inside the United States including Arizona, Texas, New York, Washington, Missouri, and Vermont. 

“I’ve also been to Afghanistan twice and Kosovo,” said Hendrickson. 

Every recruit has questions. Many recruiters hear the same questions from their recruits. “How hard is basic training” is a big one. SGT Hendrickson explains it this way. 

“Training is different for everyone. For myself it pushed me to succeed in areas that I never knew that I could,” said Hendrickson. “If I was unable to answer questions that they had I would reach out and have them meet with my NCOIC (Non-Commissioned Officer In-Charge) which is my leader in recruiting.” 

Anyone living or going to school in the Tahlequah area and are interested in learning more about the opportunities with the National Guard in Oklahoma and how you can receive free tuition for college should give SGT Hendrickson a call. 

“The best way to reach me is call me directly through (918)-708–2152, after that I would say text me or come to my office at Tahlequah NSU Campus office,” said Hendrickson. 

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