JERSEY CITY – The U.S. Army Newark Recruiting Company, under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion, hosted a company change of command ceremony on Sept. 17 in Liberty State Park.

Captain Adrienne M. Smith relinquished command of the company to Captain Christopher N. Delgado of Newark.

After serving as Company Commander for 24 months, Smith will move on to her new role as Chief Information Officer of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. Smith, who led the Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion’s largest Company, was instrumental in tackling the Battalion’s largest recruiting mission in the New Jersey/ Philadelphia Metropolitan region.

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Delgado, and graduate from Kean University in Union Township, enlisted from the Newark Recruiting Station as Signal Support Systems Specialist on July 2009. He has served in numerous assignments and was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After redeploying Delgado, attended the highly-competitive Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in September 2013.

Delgado comes to the U.S. Army Newark Recruiting Company from Fort Stewart Georgia. Soon after, he deployed as part of a Regionally Aligned Forces mission to the Republic of Korea. After his redeployment, Delgado was selected to serve as Brigade Signal Company Commander for C Company 10th Engineer Battalion.

“It was only 11 years ago I sat down with my recruiter at the Newark Recruiting Station,” Delgado said. “My recruiter guided me throughout the enlistment process, and provided relevant information regarding career progression, educational benefits, as well as health benefits within the U.S. Army. It is an honor and pleasure to be working alongside my soldiers here at home.”

Delgado is the stepson of Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-19th Dist.), who attended the event in Jersey City.

“My heart is full of joy,” Lopez said. “I am so proud of Christopher's career in service to his country and happy to have him back in New Jersey with our family and friends.”

The mission of the U.S. Army Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion is to promote the Army and meet recruiting goals by identifying committed young people.

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