A Talladega native serving in the U.S. Army for more than two and a half decades has earned a prominent leadership role within the service.

Col. Cedrick Farrior received command of the 5th Recruiting Brigade during a change of command ceremony at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, July 22.

Farrior’s mother, Mary White, had a chance to see her son’s achievement unfold in person.

“It was an awesome experience,” White said. “It’s not something that happens every day. As a mother, to see your child focused and accomplishing such an awesome position, it’s really rewarding.”

After joining the Army in 1987, Farrior earned his commission as an officer upon completing the U.S. Army’s Officer Candidate School in 1991.

Farrior credited his four years of experience participating in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at Talladega High School as a catalyst that jump-started his desire to join the Army.

“It kind of struck a chord in me that I enjoyed military service, and I kind of knew that was a path I wanted to follow,” Farrior said. “While I was in the program, I got exposed to Fort McClellan. It was very active, and they did some activities with us with the installation that really was some things I had never been through in life. I kind of felt this was something I really wanted to do.”

He previously served as commander for the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion in Tampa, an organization responsible for all Army recruiting operations in Central and Western Florida.

His experience also includes time as director of recruiting operations for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command in a position he referred to as the G3.

 “Recruiting is a very complex process,” Farrior said. “A lot of people think that it’s very easy to join the Army, when in reality, if we were to go to any high school in the country and get 10 of those kids interested to join or to look at those kids, quite a few of them won’t be eligible to join or be disqualified for various things. So in that aspect, being in Tampa, I learned about recruiting operations over kind of a large area.”

Farrior’s new assignment covers a much larger area, including 14 states.

“I draw back on both the experiences as a battalion commander as well as my time as a G3 to help me in this current assignment,” Farrior said.

He noted his more than 26 years in the military has been a pleasant experience, but he always keeps his hometown on his mind and in his words.

“I like to tell people I’ve been around the world three or four times, if not more,” Farrior said. “I’ve done some things and been some places I’m sure I probably would never have had the opportunity to go. The quality of life that I’ve been able to provide for my family and the people I’ve had an opportunity to serve with. The best thing is being able to tell people I’m from Talladega. No matter where I’ve gone or what I’ve done, I like to let people know that’s where it started for me and that’s where my roots are.”  

Contact Shane Dunaway at sdunaway@dailyhome.com