‘Iron Eagles’ welcome new brigade CSM
Sgt. Brandon Anderson,
Combat Aviation Bde. Public Affairs:
On Tuesday morning the 1st Armored Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade said goodbye to outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Donald L. Rose Jr. and welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Michael P. O’Donnell during a change of responsibility ceremony at the brigade headquarters.
Rose had been the senior-enlisted adviser for the brigade since taking the position Jan. 15, 2010. During his time as the brigade command sergeant major, the brigade deployed to Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, and completed a Base Realignment and Closure move from its former home at Fort Hood, Texas, where the unit was known as the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. The brigade stood up as the Combat Aviation Brigade here Sept. 20, 2011.
“I can think of no greater honor than to serve this nation and its Soldiers,” Rose said in his final address during the ceremony. “I thank all of you for your blood, sweat, tears and sacrifices that you and your families have made to make this nation and the ‘Iron Eagle’ Brigade great.”
Rose also extended a special thanks to business leaders and citizens of El Paso.
“Thank you for reaching out to the Soldiers and families of the 1AD CAB and embracing them as members of this great community,” Rose said. “Many know that we moved here last summer from Fort Hood, and our reception here from the leadership and the community was first class.”
O’Donnell is ready to take on his role and responsibility as the brigade’s command sergeant major, having spent eight of the last 12 years serving with the brigade as a first sergeant for three companies.
“Command Sergeant Major O’Donnell comes to us with an outstanding reputation for taking care of Soldiers, and the Soldiers who knew him from his former days of being an Iron Eagle are excited to have him back,” said Lonnie G. Hibbard, brigade commander.
“It’s an honor and privilege to serve as the command sergeant major of the 1AD CAB,” O’Donnell said. “I look forward to the unit’s future missions and stand ready to meet those challenges.”
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