Garrison HHC changes command
Capt. Veronica Reese, newly named commander of HHC, USAG, stands in
front of HHC Soldiers May 25 during a change of command ceremony at Ware Parade Field.
Story by: Shandi Dix
Capt. Veronica Reese, incoming commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, United States Army Garrison thanked Capt. Michael Leeper, outgoing commander, "for sharing your lessons learned and your secrets that have made you successful for the past 18 months" during a change of command ceremony May 25 in front of the garrison headquarters.
Leeper served in two roles as the commander of HHC, USAG and of the 1st Replacement Company for 19 months.
"During this time Capt. Leeper was responsible for 9,500 Soldiers and Families who inprocessed and became part of this proud and historic division and installation Family," said Col. Kevin Brown, garrison commander.
During his tenure, Leeper and his Soldiers were responsible for the first impressions upon incoming Soldiers and Family members and making their transition a smooth one.
"In addition to be an outstanding leader, Michael has also worked energetically in his role as the replacement detachment commander; streamlining the arrival and integration procedures into a new 44-step, five-day inprocessing program," Brown said.
Upon accepting command Leeper was excited and nervous, he said.
"I was so excited to have been selected as command. I thought it would be a challenging and rewarding position, but I also knew that I would have the opportunity to work with so many professional Soldiers and civilians, and of course I was correct," he said. "I was also nervous as I knew that I had just accepted a command with high expectations and a mission that was too important to fail."
Prior to taking command of HHC, USAG, Leeper was assigned as platoon leader and executive officer of Company B, 70th Engineer Battalion, 1st Armor Division. Leeper and his wife, Nikki, have one son.
"Capt. Veronica Reese is no stranger to the Fort Riley community," Brown said. "Veronica has actually served for the past five months as the company (executive officer) in preparation for this great day."
Reese and her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Jabbar Reese, with the 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, have been assigned to Fort Riley since 2006. The couple has two children.
"I think the role of the garrison is to inprocess the Soldiers, sending them to their unit without any issues, so when they hit the ground, they're running," Reese said.
"You will assume responsibilities of leading, training and commanding an organization unlike any that you will likely experience for the rest of your career," Brown said. "You will have many exciting challenges and rewards; enjoy it all, look for every opportunity to leave your mark and take care of Soldiers. They are our greatest asset, and I ask you to approach each and every day with that one goal in mind – care for each and every one."