Article Provided by Rebecca Rondone

The Veteran of the Quarter is SGT Rebecca Rondone, a native of Phillipsburg, NJ who currently resides in Perryville, MD. Rebecca served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer on active duty from 2000-2005 and IRR from 2005-2008. Rebecca graduated basic training as an Honor Grad for her PT and Marksmanship in Fort Leonard Wood, MO. She was able to lead A CO 787 at graduation as the Guidon Bearer.

Following graduation, Rebecca was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA with the 504th Military Police Battalion. Rebecca performed duties as a Military Police Officer, providing force protection and quality enforcement support to the Fort Lewis community of over 80,000 soldiers, civilians and family members. She also attended JRTC(Joint Readiness Training Center) in Fort Polk, LA as a member of Task Force 504 in support of the 10th Mountain Division, Kosovo 3B Rotation. She later was assigned to Aberdeen Proving Grounds Directorate of Law Enforcement and Security, Patrol Division.

While on APG on active duty, Rebecca went through and completed the 683hr CALEA Certified Federal Police Academy. During the Academy, she was selected as squad leader, due to her demonstrated exceptional leader ship, and upon graduation, was awarded the class leadership award and the highest physical fitness award, demonstrating her dedication in fortitude.

After her active duty time was completed, Rebecca went right into civilian police work for the Department of the Army in 2005. Rebecca worked the field as well as performing as the desk supervising sergeant. Rebecca was tasked with direct supervision of a squad of 15 military and civilian police officers on rotating shifts; responsible for the protection of life and property and enforcement of Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations; She provided initial command and coordination for several specialized units tasked with a safe and secure environment for an installation that is over 75,000 acres and 120 miles of shoreline housing nuclear, chemicals, and biological resources; enforced physical security measures for facilities storing arms, ammunition, and explosives; supervised traffic and crowd control during nuclear/chemical incidents; supervised initial investigation of crimes; responsible for accountability and maintenance of government property. Later she was able to take her experiences in the Police Field as an instructor for the Federal Police Academy Schoolhouse, instructing new cadets for their PT and self defense. Due to her accomplishments, she was the only military member selected for and completed the field training officer program in the associate instructor program in order to teach and train, new military and civilian police officers. Rebecca was certified as a Maryland First Responder and obtained her degree in psychology.

In 2016 she establish Pura Vida Yoga and Physical Training in Perryville, MD. Rebecca has over a decade of experience being a Personal Trainer and is a 200 Hour RYT. Her veteran owned business has been voted Best Yoga class for 6 straight years. Rebecca and her instructors embody a comprehensive skill set geared to enhancing the psychological and physiological well-being of their clients and customers.

Rebecca is also a mother to her 3 children. Jadynn(20) a creative artist, Chase(18) also currently serving in the United States Army as a Cav Scout, and Colbie(14) attending Perryville High School.06

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