Columbus Promotes First Ever Female Recruiting Commander


The military made history during a first-of-its-kind promotion for army recruiters in Columbus.

Female Lt. Colonel Clydellia Prichard-Allen symbolically received a transfer-of-command during a ceremony known as the passing of the battalion colors.  This unique and time-honored tradition is being passed to its first female commander of the local recruiting battalion.

“I’m truly humbled and honored to be before you today. To assume the command of this outstanding battalion I’ve heard so much about,” Colonel Allen said.  She will be responsible for 23 recruiting centers spread across more than 30,000 square miles in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

The 26-year veteran has a master’s degree  with honors in Human Resources Development from Webster University. She sees her two year assignment as an opportunity to mentor and mold young people into military leaders.

Colonel Allen added that she looks forward to bringing a woman’s perspective to the work of recruiting.