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News | Feb. 3, 2023

USAREC’s top enlisted leader relinquishes responsibility

By Kelsie Steber USAREC Public Affairs

U.S. Army Recruiting Command team members said farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. John Foley as he relinquished responsibility during a ceremony held at Waybur Theater Feb. 3. 

Foley served as the 21st command sergeant major of USAREC from July 23, 2020, to Feb. 3, 2023. As the senior enlisted leader, he was responsible for the recruiting mission for the active Army and the Army Reserve with over 10,000 recruiting NCOs and support personnel stationed at 1,400 locations around the world. 

USAREC Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Johnny K. Davis spoke highly of Foley, especially during the pandemic. “As schools and events reopened, access became more available for recruiting NCOs. He used his platform to get everyone back going,” Davis said. “Foley personally visited 42 Battalions and over 140 recruiting stations, providing mentorship, counseling and direct communication regarding the command’s vision.” 

“I am thankful for the time I have led this formation of talented Soldiers,” Foley said. “It has been a challenging time across the country, but our recruiting NCOs have risen to the occasion and been extraordinary every step of the way. I have been impressed by so many of the men and women serving within our ranks, and I cannot be more grateful and humbled to have been your command sergeant major.” 

Foley is accepting his next role as command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. As the command sergeant major, he will serve as the senior enlisted advisor for the soldiers and families of the command. 

Prior to taking command of USAREC, Foley served as post command sergeant major for the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He started his career as a patriot missile crewmember in 1989. Foley also served as an Army recruiting NCO from 1995-1998.  

He graduated from Trident University International with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He is a native of Panama City, Florida, and served more than 15 years of his career overseas and deployed.  




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