FORT KNOX, Ky. –
U.S. Army Recruiting Command team members said farewell to commanding general Lt. Gen. Kevin Vereen as he relinquished command Sept. 21 and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General.
Vereen served as the 27th commanding general of USAREC from July 23, 2020 to Sept. 21, 2022. As the commanding general he was responsible for the recruiting mission for the active Army and the Army Reserve with over 10,000 recruiters and support personnel stationed at 1,400 locations around the world.
“It has been an honor to serve as your commanding general for the last two years, and what an interesting, but rewarding ride it has been,” Vereen said. “USAREC is the door to our Army and standing in that door is our noncommissioned officer corps.”
In his remarks, Vereen addressed the significant role USAREC’s NCO corps plays in the all-volunteer force of the greatest army in the world.
“Never lose sight that this command has a strategic purpose and one that is vital to the state of being we call ‘freedom’,” Vereen said.
In a promotion ceremony following Vereen’s relinquishment of command, Chief of Staff of the Army James McConville, pinned Vereen’s third star on his uniform, officially promoting him to the rank of lieutenant general. With this promotion, Vereen is accepting his next role as Deputy Chief of Staff, Army G-9, at the Pentagon. As the G-9, Vereen will serve as the expert and champion for the world’s most capable and efficient installations.
Prior to taking command of USAREC, Vereen served as the provost marshal general of the U.S. Army, serving as the principal military advisor on policing matters, and as commanding general of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, serving as the Department of the Army’s independent criminal investigative authority, reporting directly to the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army.
He is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and he commissioned into the Army as a Field Artillery Officer in 1988 after graduating from Campbell University. Vereen later became Military Police Officer.