The 1st Cavalry Division gave a traditional welcome Thursday to the newest member of its command team.
Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Barteky made his Fort Hood debut during a ceremony on Cooper Field complete with a Cavalry Charge and playing of “Hit the Leather.”
“It’s with great enthusiasm that I accept the responsibility of division command sergeant major,” said Barteky, who most recently served in the same role for 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky.
During his remarks, he said he looks forward to joining the division’s legacy of firsts.
“That legacy now rests on our soldiers,” he said.
Barteky joined the team two months after his predecessor, Command Sgt. Maj. James Norman left to serve with I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
“I’m very confident in the leadership capabilities of our new command sergeant major,” said Maj. Gen. Anthony Ierardi, division commander. “He’s not only a proven leader of troops in combat over numerous deployments, but has also served as a drill sergeant and as an observer/controller at the National Training Center. He instinctively understands the importance of training and readiness in everything we do.”
Barteky joined the Army as a cavalry scout in 1987, and has gone on to receive the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal, among other awards and decorations.
With a couple weeks at the Great Place under his belt, Barteky said he is looking forward to taking care of soldiers and services.
“I’m ready to get involved with their training and seeing the great training our soldiers are doing everyday,” he said.