Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Jones is leaving Fort Hood for a job only 10 noncommissioned officers at a time can hold in the active-duty Army — division command sergeant major.
Jones bid farewell to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, on July 16, after only about one year in the position. He’s now on his way out to Hawaii to serve as the enlisted adviser to the commander of the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks.
“It’s very exciting,” said Command Sgt. Maj. James Norman, who holds this position for 1st Cavalry Division. “When I moved up to the division I was kind of excited, but a little reticent so to speak, because of the amount of soldiers. You move from a brigade that has 4,000 soldiers to a division, which has 22,000 soldiers. So it’s a little unnerving at first.”
While the job basically is the same, Norman said, he has to focus on programs and systems that would benefit all soldiers, instead of looking at individual soldiers.
“The qualities that led to his selection to be a division sergeant major are also the same qualities that made our lives in the division that much easier, Norman said.
Col. David Lesperance, 3rd Brigade commander, echoed those sentiments during Jones’ relinquishment of responsibility ceremony.
“He lives, embodies and personifies duty, honor and country,” he said. “He has a positive attitude, which instills confidence in the entire organization.”
As Jones addressed brigade troopers for a final time, he said he was honored to live the legend and work with everyone from the division command team to the spouses and volunteers of each battalion and company.
“It’s not often or routine in life to have the opportunity to serve with so many great American families with the same great organization,” Jones said. “Over the past 11 months it’s been humbling to serve with the leaders and troopers that are the heart and soul of the brigade.”
Command Sgt. Maj. Scott R. Peare took over his responsibilities with 3rd Brigade.
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