Soldiers, Pinnacle tops successes for Sutton, Billips as the Battalion gears up to say ‘goodbye’
By Christine June
Harrisburg Battalion A&PA
HARRISBURG, PA (June 9, 2011) – The Harrisburg Recruiting Company “War Hawks” command team of Maj. Eric Sutton and 1SG Nathan Billips will be saying “goodbye” to the Harrisburg Battalion tomorrow.
Billips will hand over the company’s 1SG duties to 1SG Mark McLeod in the Change of Responsibility Ceremony. Right after, Sutton will turn over the company’s commander responsibilities to Capt. Ryan Greenawalt in the Change of Command Ceremony.
Both ceremonies will be held at the Harrisburg High School.
“Seeing Soldiers grow and develop under my leadership and knowing that I had a positive impact on the company down to each individual Soldier,” said Sutton, on what he will remember most about his two-year tenure as the commander.
Soldiers are what Billips said he will miss the most as well.
“I was a leader in charge of professional leaders that we have at the company,” said Billips, referring to the 34 Soldiers who are assigned to the company that covers Dauphin, Lebanon, Lancaster and Berks counties.
Pinnacle was the next thing on both Sutton’s and Billips’ lists.
In 2009, Harrisburg is one of five U.S. Army Recruiting Command companies testing a new way of recruiting America’s Army – Pinnacle.
“Transforming this bad boy to Pinnacle – yeah, I won’t forget that,” Billips said. “I had never even heard of the name Pinnacle before.”
He knows all about it now.
The U.S. Army recruiting process had not fundamentally changed since the adoption of the All-Volunteer Force model in the 1970s, known as legacy recruiting. Legacy recruiting requires each recruiter to complete the entire 18-step recruiting process for each applicant. Pinnacle streamlines recruiting by dividing the entire process into three teams, each manned by qualified recruiters: Engagement Team, Support Team and Future Soldier Program Manager.
Billips is retiring after serving 24 years in the Army. His retirement ceremony will be right before the Change of Responsibility Ceremony.
Sutton will be a student at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. As a lead agent for the Army’s leader development program, the school educates and develops leaders for joint, interagency and multinational operations.