The Seattle Army Recruiting Battalion welcomed a new commander during a Change of Command ceremony, July 1 on the north pad of Century Link Field at 10 a.m.

Lt. Col. Vylius M. Leskys assumed command from Lt. Col. Ronald E. Henry, Jr.
"It has been evident in my short transition that sixth is the premier brigade in U.S. Army Recruiting Command and I consider myself extremely lucky and very blessed to be part of this organization," said Leskys. "Continue to believe in our mission -- it is an awesome thing to be ambassadors of the Army in the local communities."

Leskys most recently served in the Operations Directorate of the Joint Staff in the Pentagon. He has served in a variety of assignments including Special Forces, human resources and warrior transitions units throughout his career.

Col. Collin Fortier, 6th Recruiting Brigade commander, served as host for the ceremony.

"Today is bittersweet," said Fortier. "We bid farewell to Lt. Col. Henry and his family who have been a main-stay in the brigade."

Henry has been the battalion commander since July 2012 and will move to become the deputy commandant of the Army Recruiting School, which is transitioning from Fort Jackson, S.C. to Fort Knox, Ky.

"Because of your efforts the last two years, the battalion enlisted 3,833 future soldiers from across the states of Washington and Alaska to serve in the all-volunteer force," said Henry. "That is a greater increase in enlistments than any battalion in sixth brigade."

Seattle battalion covers 687,800 square miles and is comprised of 3 Military Entrance Processing Stations, seven companies and 31 Army Career Centers throughout Washington, Alaska, a portion of Oregon and the Panhandle of Idaho. Battalion manpower is comprised of 10 officers, 16 Department of the Army civilians and 220 non-commissioned officers.