"I am proud to serve during a time of need. It has been an honor to work with all branches of the U.S. Military." - Robert Breen, M.S. HRM '85
COVID-19 profoundly changed the day-to-day operations of Pittsburgh’s Military Entrance and Processing Station (MEPS), where alumnus Robert (Bob) Breen now volunteers to perform health screenings.
Mr. Breen and other volunteers keep a daily log of all employees and military service candidates entering the MEPS, which covers an entire floor of the Federal Building in downtown Pittsburgh. Screening includes temperature checks and health questionnaires. Volunteers are supplied with personal protective equipment such as face masks, goggles, surgical gowns and gloves.
Before the pandemic Mr. Breen administered the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test Battery, and helped high school students realize their value-driven preferences and potential to succeed.
“This is a very curious permutation in my career in human resources,” Mr. Breen said. “I am proud to serve during a time of need. It has been an honor to work with all branches of the U.S. Military, all of which demonstrate amazing dedication, resourcefulness and willingness to serve. America is richly blessed with amazing people protecting us. I am so grateful to serve them for a change.”
The Department of the Army recently presented Mr. Breen with the Achievement Medal For Civilian Service in recognition of his service during the pandemic.
A graduate of La Roche’s Master of Science in Human Resources Management program, Mr. Breen earned his degree in 1985.