Eastern Sector, U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command welcomed its new commander, Army Col. Stuart A. Kidder, in a July 3 change of command ceremony at USMEPCOM Headquarters, Building 3400, Naval Station Great Lakes.
The sector bade farewell to Army Col. Neal F. McIntyre, who will become the military assistant to the assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management in Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s office.
U.S. Marine Corps Col. Kathy J. Maloney, USMEPCOM commander, officiated the ceremony.
Kidder was most recently a student at the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Penn. Before that, he served as commander of the 30th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception) at Fort Benning, Ga.
“Army Gen. George S. Patton Jr., once said ‘Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity,’” Maloney said.
“Just as Col. McIntyre allowed his military entrance processing station commanders to accomplish their missions without being told ‘how,’” Maloney said, “he proved his abilities by getting the job done with self-determined planning and execution.”
During McIntyre’s two years in command, Eastern Sector:
Processed more than 250,000 applicants for enlistment in the five armed services.
Completed more than 326,000 full physicals and 278,000 medical inspections.
Administered more than 745,000 enlistment Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery tests and 148,000 special purpose tests.
Tested more than 351,000 high school students during school year 2013–14 under the Career Exploration Program.
Maloney welcomed Kidder and outlined the challenges ahead of him.
“You arrive at USMEPCOM with a record as a leader of the first order,” she said. “You now assume command of Eastern Sector, a team of professionals. Lead them well as you go about the nation’s business of evaluating the men and women who choose to become tomorrow’s soldiers, Marines, sailors, airmen and Coast Guardsmen.”
As Col. McIntyre said goodbye, he left attendees with some parting words.
“The last few years, while serving as commander of Eastern Sector, have allowed me to gain a greater appreciation for one of my favorite quotes by Arthur Ashe, ‘Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.’”
Col. Kidder greeted the command with encouragement. “Sector teammates: I couldn’t be prouder to serve with you in these very challenging times in the Department of Defense. It’s very humbling to be selected for this position. I realize that it is my good fortune to work with the incredible service members and civilians that make this opportunity possible for me.”
USMEPCOM is a joint command staffed with representatives from all five branches of service and Dept. of the Army civilian employees.
The command, through its 12 battalions and 65 military entrance processing stations, determines if applicants are qualified for enlistment in the armed forces based on aptitude, medical and conduct standards set by the Defense Department and the services.
In fiscal 2013, the command processed 379,000 applicants for enlistment in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.
The command is also responsible for administering the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Career Exploration Program in the nation’s high schools.
A total of 680,000 students took part in the program in fiscal 2013.
Eastern Sector consists of 34 military entrance processing stations organized under six battalions and covering 26 states east of the Mississippi River, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
For additional information, contact the USMEPCOM Public Affairs Office at (847) 688-4874.