Changing over

So long for now: Garrison commander Col. Joseph Davidson, right, bids farewell to outgoing recruitment battalion comander Col. Michael Stinnett.
Photo by Steve Schnibbe


Fort Hamilton held a change of command ceremony for the United States Army Recruiting Battalion of New York City on June 26.

The outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Michael A. Sinnet, became the new staff engineer at Fort Drum all the way upstate, after he himself became commander in 2013.

He passed off responsibilities to Lt. Col. Matthew Balint, who most recently was the director of the Commander’s Initiative Group, Special Operations Joint Task Force in Afghanistan.

The ceremony featured the ceremonial passing of the flag from the outgoing commander to the incoming.

One of the New York City Fire Department fireboats even paid respects by spraying red, white, and blue water into the Verrazano Narrows.

The Recruiting Battalion is responsible for all recruiting activities for regular Army and the Army reserve. Not just in Brooklyn, but also across all five boroughs, parts of Long Island, and parts of Westchester, and is assigned nearly 325 soldiers and civilian personnel.

Here’s the hand-off: Recruitment battalion commander Col. Michael Stinnett relinquishes command to Lt. Col. Matthew Balint by ceremonially passing a flag at Fort Hamilton on June 26.
Photo by Steve Schnibbe

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