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Navy Recruiting District San Antonio welcomes new commander

By Burrell Parmer | Navy Recruiting District San Antonio Public Affairs | June 21, 2019

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas —

A new commanding officer took command of Navy Recruiting District San Antonio during a change of command ceremony at the Alamo June 7.

During the ceremony, Cmdr. Jeffrey Reynolds of Raleigh, N.C., relinquished command to Cmdr. Nicholas Gamiz. Commanding the NRD SA since Aug. 4, 2017, Reynolds was responsible for more than 217 recruiters, support personnel and civilians, who all assisted in making the Navy’s recruitment annual mission.

Reynolds’ area of responsibility included 34 Navy Recruiting Stations and Navy Officer Recruiting Stations spread throughout 144,000 square miles of Texas territory, spanning from Waco, west to Midland/Odessa, southwest towards El Paso, southeast along the Rio Grande Valley, and west of College Station.

Capt. Glen O’Loughlin, commodore, Region West, Navy Recruiting Command, officiated the ceremony.

Remarking on his tenure as commanding officer, Reynolds spoke about the numerous accomplishments of his team.

“I can’t imagine no better way to end my Naval career than in command of the exemplary Sailors and civilians at NRD San Antonio,” said Reynolds, a Naval aviator. “This command team has done nothing but exceed my expectations every single day, and words cannot adequately express my pride in their accomplishments.”

Under Reynolds' command, the NRD shipped 3,090 highly qualified young men and women for service in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve. For his superior performance of duty, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

Gamiz, a Naval aviator, thanked all for attending the ceremony and for Reynolds’ service.

“I have had the honor and privilege of serving alongside Skipper Reynolds this past two years,” Gamiz said. “It has been humbling to witness first hand his leadership which has guided NRD San Antonio to the success we are enjoying today.

“You have answered the call to excellence and conquered each challenge presented in front of you; and for that I commend you,” Gamiz added. “However, we are not done yet. I sincerely hope you will not be satisfied with anything other than number one in the nation, so let’s get to work and finish what Skipper Reynolds started!”

Following the ceremony, Reynolds retired from America’s Navy with nearly 21 years of service.

NRC consists of a command headquarters, three Navy Recruiting Regions, 18 Navy Recruiting Districts and eight Navy Talent Acquisition Groups that serve more than 1,300 recruiting stations across the world.