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Red Bulls Welcome New Command Sergeant Major

34ID change of responsibility ROSEMOUNT, Minn - Soldiers and family members of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division gathered at the division headquarters Sunday, May 17, 2015 to witness the change of responsibility of the Division command sergeant major

"We are here to say thank you and farewell to Command Sgt Maj Joel Arnold and welcome Command Sgt Maj John Lepowsky as the new command sergeant major of the 34th Infantry Division," said Brig Gen Benjamin Corell, assistant division commander of maneuver

According to General Baron Friedrich von Steuben, inspector general of the Continental Army in 1779, "The choice of non-commissioned officers is an object of greatest importance: The order and discipline of a regiment depends so much on their behavior, that too much care cannot be taken in preferring none to that trust but those who by their merit and good conduct are entitled to it"

The command sergeant major is the commander's most important advisor, possessing more experience, knowledge and understanding than any other enlisted Soldier The sergeant major's involvement and dedication is paramount to the training, maintaining, caring and leading of the unit's soldiers in peacetime and in combat

"I needed a strong sergeant major and I knew that command sergeant major Arnold was that man," said Corell "He is a man I am proud to know as my battle buddy, my trusted council and as a cherished friend"

"I am very pleased to be handing over responsibility to command sergeant major Lepowski In the time we have worked together, I have been impressed with his work ethic, humility and concern for Soldiers," said Arnold "I have no doubt that he will serve the division well"

"I am honored to be a part of this great organization," said Lepowsky "I will strive to uphold the standards and traditions that my predecessors have established

May 17, 2015
by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
34th Infantry Division Public Affairs



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