Lehigh Valley hosts Change of Command

The Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Stephen Lockridge presented the Meritorious Service Medal to Maj. Steven Whitesell, who had been the Lehigh Valley Company Commander since September 2009, March 4 during a presentation prior to the company’s change of command at Lehigh University’s Mountain Top Campus in Bethlehem, Pa. U.S. Army photo by Christine June.

By Christine June
Harrisburg Battalion A&PA

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Maj. Steven Whitesell relinquished command of the Lehigh Valley Recruiting Company to Capt. Megan Machin at a change of command ceremony held March 4 at Lehigh University’s Mountain Top Campus in Bethlehem, Pa.

The Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Stephen Lockridge presented the Meritorious Service Medal to Whitesell, who had been the company’s commander since September 2009, during a presentation prior to the change of command.

“Major Whitesell reestablished a company school plan, cleverly changing the training mindset within the company to reflect a needs-based program with analysis from station commanders,” said Lockridge, during the award presentation. “His sensible design allowed for the precision mission of senior enlistments to increase by thirteen percent.”

After serving almost nine years in the U.S. Army, Whitesell now heads to the civilian sector as a senior watch officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Philadelphia.

Machin comes to the recruiting battalion after serving as a Biological Integrated Detection System Platoon Leader, Rear Detachment Commander and Battalion Assistant S-3 with the 555th Engineer Brigade at Fort Lewis, Wa.

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