Arthur Longoria is the new Employee Assistance Program counselor and Drug and Alcohol Prevention coordinator. Longoria has served in the Army for 29 and a half years.
Where are you from and where is home for you?
I was born in Washington State but Southeast New Mexico and El Paso has been home for most of my life.
Who are your family members?
My wife, she’s a teacher. I have three stepsons ranging in age from 18 and 24. I have a daughter who is 18 who just started NMSU, and I have a son who is 22 who lives in Roswell, New Mexico.
When you were younger what did you aspire to be?
You know, I always wanted to play in the NFL but I never grew to be the required size. After I realized I wasn’t going to play in the NFL I wanted to be in service of some sort and be able to serve others.
What led you to Army?
It seemed like an easier transition from military service. I had just retired from 29 and half years in the Army.
What have you learned from previous leadership roles?
As you can imagine I’ve learned quite a bit about leadership. One of the biggest things I learned is about service and the responsibility to care for those who serve under your command.
What do you and your family like to do for fun?
Like we did this past weekend, we like to barbeque and grill and hang out by the poolside. What lead you to your field?
It’s a return to the field for me, because while I was an Army Officer my undergraduate degree was in psychology and I worked for a domestic violence shelter in Roswell where I helped the community at large. While I was doing my master’s degree I was able to work with service members at Evans Army Hospital on mental health. I also volunteered throughout so it’s a return to that part of my life.
What do you like to do for fun?
I like to travel and I like to play cards and football. Well, I like to watch football, I can’t play anymore.
How do you feel about coming to WSMR?
I feel great. It feels like a small, tight knit community. Being here is great, but getting here from El Paso is the hard part.
What do you hope to accomplish while you’re here?
I hope to follow in my predecessors footsteps and really promote our annual campaign for prevention. I’d like to market our Employee Assistance Program as a tool and benefit for employees and family members and it’s free. It doesn’t even have to be work related, it can be anything, really. I’d also like to keep the community and myself up-to-date on the new trends. The laws and policies may not always be quick to react. Some things may be legal but they could be dangerous. There’s a number of things out there that have serious consequences. People seem to think it is okay because it’s not illegal.