FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) -- Lt. Col. Michael Standish is taking over Army recruiting operations in South Carolina, western North Carolina and eastern Georgia.
The 44-year-old Army officer says his unit has to combat apathy among teens as well as a lack of knowledge about benefits the military can provide.
Last year, the battalion at Fort Jackson recruited more than 3,000 active duty soldiers and about 500 members of the Army Reserve.
In a ceremony Wednesday, the battalion bid farewell to commander Lt. Col. Christopher Forsythe, who leaves for the National Defense University in the District of Columbia.
Standish has served 21 years in the Army, during which he was deployed with I Corps in Iraq and held various posts as a chemical officer in a number of units.