FORT KNOX, Ky. –
Leaders and staff at Fort Knox’s Recruiting and Retention College said goodbye to one leader and welcomed another during a change of commandant ceremony here on July 19.
After two years in the position, Col. Carter Price relinquished the responsibility of training Army recruiters to Col. Christopher Stallings.
U.S. Army Recruiting Command Commanding General Maj. Gen. Frank Muth hosted the ceremony.
“While Serving as RRC Commander, Carter seized the opportunity to enhance training during the Army Recruiter Course,” said Muth. “It is clear to me these accomplishments are due to the climate that you fostered within the institution. You’re a glass half-full kind of leader whose positive leadership style has fostered an atmosphere of ‘success breeds success.”
During Price’s tenure, the RRC trained more than 11,000 students and implemented the Recruiter Live-Fire exercise in 2018. The Recruiter Live-Fire exercise is a culminating training event that occurs in the final week of the Army Recruiter and Station Commander Courses, which provides recruiters an opportunity for practical application of the skills and knowledge they’ve obtained throughout their courses.
“I didn’t deserve the professionalism and enthusiasm of the team who work at the college,” Price said. “Who, daily, made me laugh and think about life beyond the Army. Who took care of me and my family and were engaged in the day to day effort of making better Soldiers.”
Price is moving on to become the next USAREC chief of staff and will assume those duties starting in August.
As the new commander, Stallings noted that the transition wa seamless and he is looking forward to working with the team.
“To the Soldiers and Civilians of the RRC I am honored for the opportunity, said Stallings. “I pledge my trust, loyalty and leadership. Put them in boots!”
Stallings is married to Col. Megan Stallings, the new Marketing Engagement Brigades commander who took command earlier the same day.
“Presiding over a married Army couple’s same day change of command is definitely a first for me,” said Muth.” We have two new commanders living under the same roof who are committed to the success of USAREC!”