FORT HOOD — Members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Greywolf,” 1st Cavalry Division, welcomed a new command sergeant major Tuesday during a change of responsibility ceremony at Abrams Gym.
Command Sgt. Maj. Alfred Ronneburg assumed the position as the brigade’s senior enlisted leader from Command Sgt. Maj. Trevor Walker.
Walker, who was hand-selected by Department of the Army to take over as the U.S. Army Engineer School Regimental command sergeant major at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., said he was proud to have served with the soldiers of Greywolf.
“Col. (John) Woodward, sir — thank you for your friendship, leadership and guidance over the past year. It was truly an honor serving with you and being your wing man,” Walker said. “I truly wish I could have been with you longer. Overall, I want to thank all the great soldiers, (noncommissioned officers) and officers of this great brigade — thank you for your support; we could not do what we do without you.”
Woodward, the brigade commander, said Walker and his family would be missed.
“Through our train-up and our (National Training Center) rotation (at Fort Irwin, Calif.), we developed a bond that I will never forget and will greatly appreciate over time,” Woodward said. “I must admit, the best part about you really has nothing to do with you, but who you picked for your wife. Stacy, you’ve been an absolute joy to have around. Your level of participation, whether it’s committee meetings, hail and farewells, command team dinners, Halloween parties or the countless hours at Santa’s Workshop, you have far exceeded any of our expectations.”
The commander said the ceremony was not all sad, however, as the unit was able to welcome another proven leader into the brigade with Ronneburg.
“He’s extremely qualified to do this job, and in my short time with him, I’ve been very impressed,” Woodward said. “He’s an old scout, so we already speak the same language.”
Ronneburg was serving as the command sergeant major of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, in Kuwait when he was notified he would take over as the new senior enlisted leader of Greywolf. He will now return to Kuwait with his new unit to replace the unit he recently left.
“I just want to say I am humbled by this opportunity,” he said. “Col. Woodward, thank you for giving me this opportunity — I look forward to serving as your command sergeant major and serving the troopers and families of the brigade. I will strive every day to do my best as your senior enlisted advisor.”