Capt. Shawn Pierce accepts the guidon from Headquarters Command Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Joshua Gillen during the Headquarters Company United States Army change of command Friday on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Summerall Field. Photo by Jim Dresbach

Pierce takes HQ Company command

The Headquarters Company United States Army guidon was passed to a new leader on Summerall Field Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Friday.

Capt. Shawn Pierce took command of the U.S. Army’s largest company from Capt. Courtney Fuller while Lt. Col. Joshua Gillen, Headquarters Command battalion commander, presided over the affair.

Pierce, a former battalion adjutant for 4th Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), now holds a unique leadership distinction. After 16 months as commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison, he now assumes the Headquarters Company United States Army — the two largest companies in the Army.

“Shawn is such an overachiever that command of the second-largest in the United States Army was not nearly challenging enough, so he has agreed to stick around for a bit longer and command headquarters company,” Gillen said.

“Either I didn’t get it right the first time or this is a do-over or I’m a glutton for punishment. I haven’t seen my evaluation yet, so I’m probably pretty sure this is my do-over chance,” Pierce joked during his remarks.

Pierce’s former duty assignments included stops at Fort Drum, New York, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He is a native of Kansas City, Missouri.

“I’m humbled for this honor,” Pierce said. “This command is truly is test.”

Fuller was in command of Headquarters Company United States Army for over 15 months before turning over command to Pierce.

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