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News | Aug. 8, 2023

Change of Command at the U.S. Army’s 6th Recruiting Brigade

By Brady Haupt

The US Army’s 6th Recruiting Brigade held their Change of Command ceremony July 27th, 2023, as Col. Michael Lindley handed over the command of one of the Army’s most important missions to Col. Spencer Wallace.

Maj. Gen. Johnny Davis, the U.S. Army Recruiting Command’s Commanding General, presided over the ceremony, held at the Aliante Hotel in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lindley assumed command of the 6th Recruiting Brigade on July 20th, 2021, and oversaw the transition of the Brigade out of the Covid-19 recruiting environment, leading with a “people first” mindset and ensuring his team was always taken care of and mission ready. Lindley leaves USAREC to become the Deputy J4 at the US European Command.

Lindley says that while he’s excited for his new position at EUCOM, leaving the Brigade is “bittersweet.”

“(Leaving) is bittersweet as I say thanks and farewell to the absolute best.  This mission, the Brigade, and the opportunity to lead in this organization made me proud every day.  I am extremely grateful for your leadership and the support from the USAREC staff, my teammates, and the Outriders!  I am confident that Col. Spencer Wallace will feel that same love, and I know that he is the right, caring leader with the energy and foresight to take this Brigade to the next level, Lindley said.”  

As Lindley concluded his command, the Brigade welcomed a familiar face. Wallace brings both battalion command experience and familiarity with 6th Brigade, stemming from his previous command of the Seattle Battalion. With that experience under his belt, Wallace says “we can, and we will” continue the legacy of prioritizing the team and achieving the Brigade’s mission.

“We will focus and prioritize care of our Soldiers, Families and Civilians, and set the conditions that will enable our team to achieve mission accomplishment, Wallace said.” “I look forward to developing our relationship on a foundation built on trust. I’m truly ecstatic to rejoin this amazing Brigade!”

The 6th Recruiting Brigade area covers 1,540,135 square miles across the American West. From the DMZ of Korea to Guam, where America’s day begins, to the wilderness of Alaska, the mountains of Montana and the deserts of Utah and Nevada. The 6th Brigade consists of seven battalions, forty-two companies, and 240 Recruiting Stations. Today, the brigade’s workforce comprises of 2,069 Soldiers, DA Civilians, and contractors, providing strength to the Army by recruiting men and women of high moral character to live the Army Values and serve their nation in the Profession of Arms.



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