Recruiting and Retention Command welcomes new commander

Maj. Gen. Greg Vadnais, Michigan National Guard Adjutant General, passes the Recruiting and Retention Battalion colors to Maj. Shawn Abbe, Michigan National Guard, signifying his receipt of authority and responsibilities as the new battalion commander of the Recruiting and Retention Command, Michigan National Guard during a ceremony held at Camp Grayling on June 30, 2016. (Michigan National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Helen Miller/Released)

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Story by Sgt. First Class Helen Miller, JFHQ Public Affairs

CAMP GRAYLING JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Mich. — Recruiting and Retention Command, Michigan Army National Guard held a change of command ceremony, where Lt. Col. Scott L. Meyers relinquished command to Maj. Shawn G. Abbe at Camp Grayling, June 30, 2016.

“I have truly enjoyed every day I have spent working with this command, it has been fun and rewarding,” said Lt. Col. Scott Meyers. “I have no doubts that Maj. Abbe will continue to contribute to the great advancements Recruiting Command has made over the past ten months.”

Lt. Col. Scott Meyers receives the Meritorious Service Medal from Maj. Gen Greg Vadnais, Adjutant General Michigan National Guard, for his outstanding service while serving as the commander, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, Michigan Army National Guard during a ceremony held at Camp Grayling on June 30, 2016. (Michigan National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Helen Miller/Released)

Lt. Col. Scott Meyers receives the Meritorious Service Medal from Maj. Gen Greg Vadnais, Adjutant General Michigan National Guard, for his outstanding service while serving as the commander, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, Michigan Army National Guard during a ceremony held at Camp Grayling on June 30, 2016. (Michigan National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Helen Miller/Released)

During the ceremony the battalion colors were passed from the Command Sergeant Major of the Recruiting and Retention Battalion, Command Sgt. Maj. Gary J. Jensen to Lt. Col Meyers, then to Maj. Gen. Greg Vadnais, Adjutant General of the Michigan National Guard, then to Maj. Abbe and back to the Jensen, signifying his receipt of Abbe’s authority and responsibilities as the battalion commander.

“Scott promised all the unit commanders that the Michigan National Guard will be at 100 percent by May of 2017 and I intend to keep that promise,” said Abbe. “We’ll make this happen.”

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