Kansas City Public Affairs
July 26, 2017
Kansas City, Mo. - Lieutenant Colonel Kathleen Moffatt, a 17-year Army veteran and native of Queens, New York became the second consecutive female commander of the U.S. Army's Kansas City Recruiting Battalion at a cere-mony held at Union Station yesterday morning. Moffatt replaces Lieutenant Colonel Jane Sander, who took com-mand of the battalion in July 2015.
The back-to-back women leading the battalion highlights the growing role of women assuming positions of higher leadership in the Army as it continues to integrate qualified women into previously all-male military occupational specialties such as the Infantry and Special Forces. As commander, Moffatt will lead 325 Soldiers and civilians who are responsible for all Army and Army Reserve recruiting for the state of Missouri, most of Kansas and Ne-braska and several counties in Iowa and southern Illinois; an area covering more than 164,000 square miles.
Colonel Terance Huston, the U.S. Army 5th Recruiting Brigade Commander, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, presided over the ceremony. "Kathleen is a leader who understands the value of strength and commitment in uni-form and appreciates that the mantle of expectation is squarely on upon her," Huston remarked, "I am confident she will continue the success of the Heartland Recruiting Battalion.
Moffatt said she is sincerely humbled and honored to accept the opportunity. "We will work together, shoulder to shoulder with our community partners, to demonstrate how much the Army has to offer the young men and women of the Heartland," she added. With cyber joining the battlefields of land, sea, air and space, Moffatt said the Army needs quality recruits with the needed physical, mental and moral qualifications.
That's easier said than done.
Moffatt said just three of 10 potential recruits qualify to serve in the Army. Her recruiters will need to show the value service in the Army can provide, with education benefits, job skill training and other opportunities. "Our re-cruiters offer pathways for success," Moffatt said. "They are helping people change and improve their lives every day here in the Heartland."
"You are an organizational leader first and foremost and the performance of the mighty Heartland Battalion during your tenure has been magnificent," Huston said of Sander during the ceremony. Under Sander's leadership, the battalion enlisted more than 3,800 young men and women into the Army. "The Soldiers that Jane and her team brought in have filled formations in over 140 nations that the army is in today - from Afghanistan to Liberia, from Iraq to Korea," Huston added.
Sander's next assignment takes her to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, where she will serve as a Psycho-logical Operations Officer in U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). "I would just like to thank all the officers, NCOs and civilians in the Kansas City Recruiting Battalion for their dedication and commitment to the mission and tireless efforts to provide our Army with highly- qualified future Soldiers," Sander said following the ceremony. "This command has been one of my greatest experiences in the Army."