By Fonda Bock
USAREC Public Affairs
August 25, 2017
FORT KNOX, Ky. - Leaders and staff at the Recruiting and Retention School said goodbye to one commandant and welcomed another during a change of commandant ceremony here today.
After two years in the position, Col. Isaac Johnson relinquished the responsibility of training Army recruiters to Col. Carter Price.
"As the leader of any unit, all one can aspire to do is leave the organization better than when they found it, and, Isaac, you have absolutely done that at the Recruiting and Retention School, said U.S. Army Recruiting Command's top leader, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, during the ceremony.
"It is clear to me these accomplishments are due to the climate that you fostered within the institution," Snow said. "You're a glass half-full kind of leader whose positive leadership style has fostered an atmosphere of 'success breeds success,' ... ensured the college was accredited during your watch - something that I know took a lot of hard work and effort over the course of many months, and perhaps most important, inspired those around you to give their very best while training the newest recruiters, center leaders, first sergeants and commanders."
During Johnson's tenure, the RRS trained more than 9,000 students. Johnson continued the work his predecessor initiated to change the school's name to the Recruiting and Retention College, which goes into effect Oct. 1.
Johnson said his time at the RRS has been amazing and contributed a great part of his team's success to the leadership of Snow and USAREC Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Stoneburg.
"Thanks for always being fair, firm, consistent and compassionate," Johnson said. "Sir, you gave us the mission and always allowed us to figure out the best way to better the organization. You never micro-managed nor steered us off path with 'what-if' ideas. Your guidance was easily said, remembered and repeated."
Johnson begins his new assignment as the USAREC chief of staff in a couple of weeks.
Price assumed control of the RRS immediately. He said prior to this, his only experience in recruiting was with his own recruiter.
"I will occasionally forget my drill sergeants' names, members of my first platoon and sometimes the names of men I've shared a turret with in combat," Price said. "But I ... will (never) forget (my recruiter) Malcom White. I am here, in no small part, because of Malcom White, and he was there because of this institution. I now truly understand the impact of this place."
Price will be the first to command the school under its new name - the Recruiting and Retention College.