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News | July 10, 2020

Medical Recruiting Brigade welcomes new command team during time of change

By Kim Soice U.S. Army Medical Recruiting Brigade

U.S. Army Medical Recruiting Brigade welcomed a new command team during a change of command and change of responsibility ceremony at Fort Knox July 10.

The ceremony was held in Waybur Theatre and observed strict physical and social distancing requirements. COVID-19 restrictions limited attendance to immediate family, ceremony staff and key personnel. Maj. Gen. Frank Muth, commanding general of U.S. Army Recruiting Command, officiated and praised outgoing commander Col. Edward Mandril for the many accomplishments of the Medical Recruiting Brigade.

“It’s a privilege to be able to preside over today’s ceremony,” said Muth. “Recruiting for the Army is a unique mission with unique challenges and Col. Mandril faced those challenges head on because of his tremendous leadership over the last 25 months.”

Colonel Gary Cooper became the seventh MRB commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Rosella Scott accepted responsibility as the new senior enlisted leader of the brigade, during the ceremony.

Cooper most recently served as the deputy G4 Office of the Surgeon General/Medical Command at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. He is a native of Albany, Georgia, and was commissioned in the Medical Service Corps from Savannah State University in 1996.

Scott joins the Medical Recruiting Brigade after serving as the USAREC G7/9 Marketing, Education and Outreach Directorate sergeant major. He started his Army career in 1993 as a field artillery cannon crewmember and later reclassified to become a recruiter.

The MRB is responsible for recruiting health care professionals and chaplains to serve Soldiers and their families. The headquarters sits at Fort Knox, with five battalions and 16 companies spread across the United States.

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