SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The Shreveport Military Entrance Processing Station is under new command.
U.S. Army Major Francisco Vazquez handed over the reigns to Army Major Benjamin Walker Friday morning.
It was standing room only as family and friends looked on.
Vazquez was emotional about leaving his command and the relationships he had built over the last two years, and he was optimistic about Walker's ability to do an outstanding job of commanding the Shreveport MEPS.
Major Walker says he couldn't be more excited about the new assignment.
"The Shreveport MEPS reputation preceded itself and I practically begged the Army to send me here. I was fortunate enough to come here. I really wanted to live in the Shreveport area and get to know Louisiana and the northwest Louisiana area, Arkansas and Texas."
This is Major Walker's first command of a MEPS station.
The former commander, Major Vazquez is headed to Fort Hood Texas for his next assignment.
This command is part of a network of 65 MEPS located nationwide and in Puerto Rico.
The mission of USMEPCOM and the Shreveport MEPS is to process individuals for enlistment or induction into the armed services based on DoD-approved peacetime and mobilization standards. These standards include aptitude for military service, physical qualification, and background evaluation screening.