FORT KNOX, Ky. –
The U.S. Army Recruiting Command welcomed Maj. Gen. Johnny K. Davis to the team as he assumed command during a ceremony held in front of the headquarters on Wednesday.
Recruiting Command is responsible for the recruiting mission for both the active Army and the Army Reserve. As commander, Davis is responsible for over 10,000 recruiters and support members spread across 1,400 locations worldwide. He expressed confidence in what next year holds for recruiting the force.
“I will focus on the organization. I will focus on talent management. I will reduce stress on the recruiting force. I will focus on training, and I will also focus on access. But more importantly, how do we drive positive change to help our nation and its all-volunteer force,” Davis said. “I just can’t wait to take on this very strategic mission for the Army. I love the Soldiers to my left and right. I love all of you. Stacey and I are all in.”
Ensuring the Army has a pool of qualified young leaders continuing to enter the force is a familiar mission for Davis, who comes to this role after commanding U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox. He will continue to serve as the installation senior mission commander.
Lt. Gen. Maria Gervais presided over the transfer of command from Brig. Gen. John Cushing, who led the organization in the interim between the departure of Lt. Gen. Kevin Vereen last month and the arrival of Maj. Gen. Davis. “Not only are you leading a great team, but you are now charged with the incredible task of sustaining the all-volunteer force, which is no small feat. It won’t be easy, but we are the U.S. Army and we do tough things.”
Davis is a native of Milwaukee, Wis. He commissioned into the Army as an Infantry Officer in 1989 through the New Mexico Military Institute, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Cardinal Stritch University. He holds a master’s in leadership development from Central Michigan University and a master’s in national security and strategic studies from National Defense University.