FORT KNOX, Ky. -- U.S. Army Recruiting Command welcomed a new command team during a change of command and change of responsibility ceremony here today.
Maj. Gen. Frank Muth became the 26th USAREC commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Tabitha Gavia accepted responsibility as the new senior enlisted leader of the command.
Muth most recently served as the program manager for the Office of the Program Manager, Saudi Arabian National Guard. He is a native of Columbia, Maryland, and was commissioned in Army Aviation after graduating from Norwich University in 1986.
Gavia joins the USAREC team after serving as the command sergeant major for Regional Health Command - Central. She started her Army career in 1988 as a Pershing II missile electronic repairer and later reclassified to become a radiology specialist supporting Army Medicine. She served three years as a recruiter in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The new command team takes responsibility for the recruiting mission for the active Army and the Army Reserve with about 13,000 recruiters and support personnel stationed at about 1,500 locations around the world.
Muth said he is honored and humbled to lead the USAREC team.
"The Army's number one priority is readiness," he said. "And readiness starts right here."
In parting, outgoing commander Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, who has led USAREC since June 2015, told the team he and outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Stoneburg have been humbled and honored to serve as their leaders for the last three years.
"I know I speak for both of us when I tell you we have treasured each and every day we have had the honor of being your commander and CSM," Snow said. "We both loved coming to work because of you and your commitment to our mission."
He thanked the commanders and command sergeants major for providing leadership during some challenging times and the command's recruiters and support personnel for a job well done.
"We both have loved advocating for the thousands of recruiters across the United States and overseas doing the heavy lifting of educating our youth, influencers and educators about the opportunities to serve our great Army," Snow said. "We did our best to always make decisions with our recruiters and their families in mind."
Gen. Stephen Townsend, commanding general of Training and Doctrine Command, hosted the ceremony.
"We tend to take it for granted that our Army can just change leadership at every echelon of command and everything is just smooth and seamless," Townsend said. "That one team will just automatically pick up where the last team left off and take the ball further. We really shouldn't take that for granted. That's really a remarkable characteristic of our Army. That a team of leaders can step into such a large, important, complex operation as this one and make it work from day one.
Both Snow and Stoneburg are retiring from the U.S. Army after 35 and 28 years, respectively.