Captain Joseph J. Geiger, a former Wayne Central graduate (Class of 2005), was honored at a Change of Command Ceremony as incoming Commander of the Rocheter Army Recuriting-Syracuse Recruiting Battallion. Captain Geiger takes over for outgoing Commander CPT Edwin B. Melendez.
The Change of Command ceremony, which was held on July 25th in Rochester, is a military ceremony in which the departing commander assembles his troops for presentation to the incoming commander. The ceremony serves to inform the assembled Soldiers and Officers that they must respond to the leadership of the new Commander.
Captain Geiger was commissioned through the Colorado School of Mines Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program.
CPT Geiger’s assignments include: Gold Bar Recruiter at the College at Brockport, Fire Support Officer and Headquarters Platoon Leader at Charlie Company, 1-2 Infantry Battalion, Fire Direction Officer and Battle Captain at Bravo Battery, 1-77 Field Artillery Battalion, and Officer in Charge at Maneuver Training Branch, Grafenwoehr Training Area. CPT Geiger deployed to RC East Afghanistan 2011-2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
CPT Geiger’s civilian education includes: Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering with a minor in Military Science from the Colorado School of Mines (Distinguished Military Graduate), and New York State Regents Diploma (Advanced Designation with Honors). His military education includes Field Artillery Basic Officer Leader Course (Commandant’s List), Paladin Commander Course, Joint Fires Observer Course (Honor Graduate), Inter-service Range Safety Course (Honor Graduate), Field Artillery Captains Career Course, and Recruiting Company Commander and First Sergeant Course.
CPT Geiger’s awards are: the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Army Commendation Medal with 1 OLC, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (Bronze Numeral 2), the NATO Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.
CPT Geiger is happily married to his beloved wife of 4 years and best friend of 20 years, the former Melanie Miles, also a native of the Rochester area.