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A Dynamic Life

Story by PO2 Zachary S Eshleman on 02/08/2019

Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary S. Eshleman, Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs Office.

Millington, Tenn. (NNS) On the second floor of an office building, onboard Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South, and through the doors of cyber recruiting is a desk which hints at the life being lived by the occupant. Messy stacks of paper indicate the presence of a hard worker, and multiple Spartan race medals hang on the cubical walls corroborating a story of an ambitious person. A computer background displaying Grecian Islands points to a wanderlust. Finally, a compassionate and warm smile reveals the personality of Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 3rd Class Cyndra Kohfeldt.

At Navy Recruiting Command, Kohfeldt works behind the scenes, filling several vital administration roles in support of the recruiters in her department. As the departmental statistician, she helps Navy recruiting track the effectiveness of their cyber recruiting efforts.

“She is an outstanding Sailor,” said, Chief Damage Controlman Joshua Maxwell, the cyberspace recruiting leading chief petty officer. “You can see her dedication to each task in the work she pushes out every day.”

Since working here, she’s been awarded blue jacket of the quarter, and she developed a special tool called the cyberspace recruiter tracking tool, which improved efficiency in tracking the production data of individual recruiters.

“I really like doing data analysis and working with excel and statistics,” said Kohfeldt. “It’s what I’m best at. That’s why I’m working on my master’s [degree] in business administration from Troy University, and trying to become a supply officer.”

After going to West Shore High School in Melbourne, Florida, she got a scholarship to the University of Central Florida for rowing. While she was there, she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, because the topic had always really interested her.

“I had actually always wanted to join the Navy, but my parents really wanted me to go to college,” she said. “And I did really love school. We were division one, so as an athlete I got to go all over the world, and it was a lot of fun.”

During college she also lived in Managua, Nicaragua where she worked at the United States Embassy helping incoming Americans find their way around and handle issues with their international travel.

Immediately after college, Kohfeldt got a job for AmeriCorps, a network of national service programs, that each take a different approach to addressing critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks and preparing for natural disasters.

“I worked for AmeriCorps because I really believe in that stuff,” said Kohfeldt, “One thing I did was a business incubator, which gave people a space to build their own business. It’s not like a corporation or another entity in coming in. Instead, it brings the community up from the roots and gives people the opportunity to build up their own economy.”

It was after her time at working at AmeriCorps when she finally did what she had always wanted to do and joined the Navy. She says her reason for choosing the Navy was her love of the ocean that came from rowing and growing up in a Floridian beach town.

Kohfeldt worked her way into data analysis because she knew she was good at administration from her previous jobs. She says she hopes to go to Japan next or to some other base overseas to further explore the world.

The path of Kohfeldt’s life has led her to this unassuming desk where she currently sits, improving Navy Recruiting Command and the lives of those around her day-by-day while using her past experiences and diligent work ethic. She said, “Wherever I go, I just want people to see me as a hard worker. It feels like the highest compliment to me.”

NRC consists of a command headquarters, three Navy Recruiting Regions, 20 Navy Recruiting Districts and six Navy Talent Acquisition Groups that serve more than 1,300 recruiting stations across the country. Their combined goal is to attract the highest quality candidates to assure the ongoing success of America’s Navy.

For more news from Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, go to Follow Navy Recruiting on Facebook (, Twitter (@USNRecruiter) and Instagram (@USNRecruiter).

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