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Minnesota National Guard
New Enlisted Leadership Takes Over in Brainerd

Minnesota National Guard Leaders at the Brainerd based 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment (1-194 CAB) exchanged resposibility as Command Sgt Maj John Lepowsky handed off his duties to Sgt Maj Judson Meyer on Jan 12 at the Brainerd Armory

The outgoing command sergeant major, Lepowsky, has served with distinction and honor with the 1-194 CAB He deployed in 2005 to Iraq as 1st Sgt of the Alexandria-based Company A, 1-194 CAB in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and again in 2012 in support of Operation New Dawn, the drawdown of US forces from Iraq

"Command Sgt Maj Lepowsky is the epitome of what a non-commissioned officer should be His selfless service and leadership is a direct reflection of the battalion's accomplishments over the years He has left a legacy in the battalion for all others to emulate," said Army Maj Joseph Sanganoo, Executive Officer of the 1-194 CAB

With new leadership, the 1-194 CAB will continue its endeavors in mission-execution excellence Meyer will serve as the senior enlisted advisor and declared his commitment to strengthening the unit during its "reset" following their deployment to Kuwait While deployed, 1-194 CAB maintained vigilant focus during 780 convoy escort security missions as the unit escorted 24,380 tractor-trailer loads and 62 million gallons of fuel traveling more than 12 million miles in Iraq

"Sgt Maj Meyer is by far the best Operations Sgt Maj I have had the privilege of working with and he has been a source of great mentorship for senior non-commissioned officers and battalion staff officers over the years," said Sanganoo

Lepowsky with continue to have influence on the 1-194 CAB in his next assignment as the Command Sgt Maj of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division (1/34th BCT)

Story and photos by Captain John Hobot
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
Jan 12, 2013

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