A change of command ceremony took place Thursday morning for the Hattiesburg Army Recruiting Company at the Veterans Memorial in downtown Hattiesburg.
During the ceremony Captain Antinita Graham passed the baton to Captain Louis Cook who now takes command of the unit. Captain Cook comes to the company from the Third Sustainment Brigade at Fort Lee, Virginia. He is a native of Bay Springs. Cook enlisted in the Army in 2000 and was commissioned in 2006.
Captain Graham also started out as an enlisted soldier. She was commissioned in 2006. Under Graham The Hattiesburg unit has been a top performer in the Baton Rouge Battalion. In her two years of command, 634 young men and women have been recruited from the Hattiesburg area.
"Unfortunately today only one and four young people qualify to serve in the U.S. Military," said Lt.Col. Doug Reynolds, Commander, U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Baton Rouge. "Captain Graham's interaction with the leadership in Hattiesburg has helped the unit get qualified men and women who want to serve in the United States Army."
Captain Graham's next assignment is with the 158th Infantry Brigade at Camp Shelby.