Recruiting Command Farewells/Welcomes Deputy CG
July 7, 2011
FORT KNOX, Ky. -- The U.S. Army Recruiting Command's new deputy commanding general and his family are no strangers to Kentucky or Fort Knox. In addition to serving two assignments with the 3rd Battalion, 46th Infantry in the '80s, Col. (promotable) Henry Huntley is a graduate of Kentucky State University in Frankfort; his wife, Faye, is a Kentucky native; and his daughter, Shannon, was born at Ireland Army Community Hospital.
"My family and I are honored to be back at Fort Knox ... equally it's great to be back in the great state of Kentucky," said Huntley, who added he is also extremely proud to be part of such an important mission for the Army.
Huntley comes to USAREC from Fort Belvoir, Va., where he was director of public and congressional affairs for U.S. Army Materiel Command. Huntley has held a number of public affairs assignments throughout his career, including public affairs officer for the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army; Chief of Plans for the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs and Executive Officer to the Chief of Public Affairs.
His family, which includes son, Brandon, could not attend the ceremony.
"Henry is definitely the right person at the right place at the right time. We could not be happier to have him join the team. His amazing performance in many diverse assignments will benefit USAREC for many years to come," said Maj. Gen. David L. Mann, USAREC commanding general, who hosted the June 29 ceremony on Fort Knox's Flagg Field to welcome Huntley and farewell Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts.
The outgoing deputy commanding general is headed to an assignment as director of the Iraq Training and Advisory Team-Army, U.S. Forces-Iraq, Operation New Dawn, Iraq.
"It's very, very hard for me to believe it's been a year since I joined the Accessions Command team; it's equally hard for me to believe that before coming here to USAREC I didn't know where we got our great Soldiers from who I've been leading for 27 years, often in combat. All I know is that they showed up and hit the ground running," Roberts said.
He gave credit to the more than 9,000 noncommissioned officers across the country who recruit America's Future Soldiers with passion and professionalism, as well as the support staff across the command who ensure recruiters and their Families have what they need to be successful.
"There's no doubt that the Army's strength starts here. I'm extremely honored to have been a part of this great team; I'll definitely be an advocate for you wherever I go. I know they say be careful what you ask for, but I'd be equally honored to serve here again."
Roberts' "leadership, enthusiasm and drive were instrumental in the numerous successes achieved during the past year, surpassing our recruiting goals and ensuring we bring in the best and brightest to join the team," Mann said. "He understands the importance of partnering with our educators, of keeping our kids in school, of making sure they fulfill their true objectives, regardless of whether they come into the Army."
Mann called him a well-respected leader and mentor, and a strong advocate for teamwork and sharing best practices not only across Recruiting Command, but with all the Army's accessions partners, as well.
"Simply put, General Roberts is one of the most talented and dedicated leaders I know and I can't thank him enough for all he has done to ensure the strength of our Army. He has made an incredible difference and we will truly miss him."