Col. Mark Olin appropriately said farewell to his Army career in a way that is symbolic of his future — saluting the American flag as his son, Mark, sang the national anthem.

Olin relinquished command of the 2nd Recruiting Brigade Friday, passing on the colors and the mantle of leadership to Col. Jason Kerr.

The ceremony was officiated by Maj. Gen. Frank Muth, commander for the Army Recruiting Command. Olin will retire in spring 2020 after 25 years in uniform, allowing him to spend more time with his family.

“Mark, thank you for your hard work and dedication to Army recruiting,” Muth said. “The Soldiers you put in are serving across our nation and the globe right now. They are the future of the United States Army and your legacy and as a commander, as a Soldier, as a leader.”

A Soldier for 19 years, Kerr’s experience in recruiting includes time spent as battalion commander for the Army Recruiting Battalion-Cleveland.

“It’s my promise to the Soldiers and civilians of the 2nd Recruiting Brigade to strive to be the best leader I can be. Together, I believe we will continue to be the premier recruiting brigade in our nation,” Kerr said.

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