FORT KNOX, Ky., -- Major Gen. Allen W. Batschelet became the 24th commanding general of Army Recruiting Command during a change of command ceremony at Fort Knox, Ky., June 13.

Upon assuming command, Batschelet told the crowd that he and his wife, Terri, are committed to continuing to build on the legacy of USAREC as the Army celebrates its 40th anniversary of the all-volunteer force.

"Or as I'm told, the 'all-recruited force,'" said Batschelet. "In the last few days, I've come to understand the criticality of USAREC and to learn that without USAREC, there would be no recruits, no basic trainees or, in short, no Soldiers, which means there would be no Army.

"Providing the strength! What an awesome responsibility shouldered by the members of this command. My commitment to you, the Soldiers, civilians and families of USAREC, as I join your ranks, is to give 100 percent of my time, energy and loyalty."

United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Deputy Commanding General and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. David Halverson hosted the ceremony. Referring to Batschelet and his wife, Halverson said once again, the Army has selected a great command team for USAREC.

"I've known Al for a long time. I've served with him in peacetime and in war. I'm telling you, you're getting a man of great character, a great commander who's very competent, and a very wise visionary who's committed to excellence and who also cares for Soldiers and their families."

Prior to this assignment, Batschelet held a range of command and operations staff positions in the Army and on the Joint Staff to include assignments in Germany and deployments to Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Bosnia and Iraq.

Batschelet and his wife have two children, Adam and Kelsey.

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