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Air Force Reserve Command Recruiting Service welcomes new commander

Maj. Gen. William B. Waldrop Jr., vice commander, Air Force Reserve Command passes leadership of AFRC Recruiting Service to Col. Harold W. Linnean III, in a ceremony held at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. (Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Chance Babin)

Maj. Gen. William B. Waldrop Jr., vice commander, Air Force Reserve Command passes leadership of AFRC Recruiting Service to Col. Harold W. Linnean III, in a ceremony held at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. (Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Chance Babin)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Col. Harold W. Linnean III took leadership of the Air Force Reserve Command Recruiting Service in an assumption of command ceremony here Jan. 17. Linnean replaced Col. Christopher Nick, who is retiring.

Linnean inherits a recruiting team that has met or exceeded its goals for 16 consecutive years. He will serve as an adviser to the AFRC commander, senior staff, and numbered air force and wing commanders on all matters relating to military recruiting and strategic marketing within the Air Force Reserve.

The Recruiting Service comprises more than 450 military and civilian personnel in 44 main flight locations and numerous recruiting offices across the United States and abroad.

This isn’t Linnean’s first RS assignment. He has served in the organization on three previous occasions, most recently in 2011.
During the assumption of command ceremony, he talked about his time at RS over the years and mentioned what he called the “giants” of recruiting who helped show him the way.

“The recruiting ‘giants’ prepared me well,” Linnean said. “I look forward to the responsibility of being your commander. Leadership is a responsibility, and I take it seriously. It is my duty, and a sense of duty is ingrained in me.”

For the recruiters attending the ceremony, Linnean shared his vision and expectations for RS.

“I believe, deep down, you are part of this organization because you want to be part of something larger than yourself,” he said. “You want to be part of something that you can be proud of. If that is true, then it also is something that you will fight for.

“In these trying times, I need you to fight. I need you committed to the mission. I need you committed to your fellow Airmen. Together, we are an unbeatable team. And I challenge you to. … dare to be great.”