National Guard spurs legacy for Hash Family

By Jennifer Archdekin

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Guard is becoming a Family business for the Hash family.

With the recent enlistment of Donnie (Trey) Hash III, of Kansas City, he is now following in the footsteps of his father and sister and is carrying on the military legacy.

"It's a lot to carry, but I think I'm up for it," said Trey.

Trey was recruited by his own sister, Staff Sgt. Elizabeth (Hash) Pawli.

"I'm more excited that he's on the path that he wants to be on and for all the opportunities that will be available to him," said Elizabeth. "It's awesome we have another Hash in the Missouri Guard."

Elizabeth has been in the National Guard for 11 years and is in her first year of recruiting, following in her father's footsteps, retired Master Sgt. Donnie Hash Jr.

Donnie served in the National Guard for over 27 years and was in recruiting for 24 of those years. When he retired he was the noncommissioned officer in charge of recruiting for the Kansas City area. Even though he had nearly a quarter of a century recruiting expertise in the National Guard, he said he's proud that it was Elizabeth who helped her younger brother come to his decision to enlist.

"I have a lot of pride," said Donnie. "Elizabeth convinced Trey where I couldn't. She's pretty proud of the fact that she closed the deal her dad couldn't close. There have been several recruiters that have tried to get him and she finally got him."

Though a retired recruiter himself, Donnie said he hasn't lost his touch. He is now a senior corporate recruiter for Northrop Grumman, a defense contractor based in Virginia.

"I hire people, primarily retired Guard people, to do training and simulation exercises now for the Guard," said Donnie. "I'm still taking care of Soldiers; it's just in a different way."

Trey will eventually serve as a combat medic with Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 1-138th Infantry Regiment in Kansas City.

In 2010 Trey graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he majored in philosophy and minored in chemistry. He plans to take his civilian education and pair it with his military training to become a physician assistant.

"I'm going to apply to the PA program as soon as I get out of training and just go from there," said Trey.

"That opportunity was probably the deciding factor when his sister laid it all out for him -- if you do this, it can lead to this," said Donnie. "It will be an awesome opportunity for him. He'd be a fool not to do it."

As a father, it is understandable Donnie is proud of his children and the paths they have chosen in life. He said it is just icing on the cake that it happens to involve the military.

"Any time that somebody is enjoying what they're doing that defines success," said Donnie. "You're going to do the best at what you're having fun at. If you can have fun doing your job, it's a job, but it's not a job. It's fulfilling. That's what it's all about."

Trey said he does feel a little bit different now that he has sworn in as a Citizen-Soldier. He admits he's a little nervous now, but is confidant he has made the best decision.

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Just after swearing into the Missouri Army National Guard, Donnie (Trey) Hash III (center) stands with his sister and father. Trey was recruited by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth (Hash) Pawli (left) to be a combat medic for Headquarters, Headquarters Company 1-138th Infantry Regiment. His father, retired Master Sgt. Donnie Hash Jr. (right), also served in the National Guard for over 27 years. (Photo by Jennifer Archdekin/Missouri National Guard)

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