Fort Leonard Wood’s 1st Engineer Brigade said farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Jerimiah Gan and welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Ferguson II during a Change of Responsibility ceremony held Monday at Nutter Field House.
“As often is the case with moments like this, I stand here with very mixed emotions,” said Col. Dale Snider, 1st Engineer Brigade commander. “Sgt. Maj. Gan has been my partner in leading the 1st Engineer Brigade these past 16 months. Together, we have led the Army’s best engineer brigade. You ensured, not only I was prepared for whatever was next, but also that the brigade was forward looking.”
Gan thanked the Soldiers and civilians for the support they consistently give the brigade.
“During the past year, the brigade has accomplished its normal mission of graduating approximately 750 lieutenants, 300 captains, 200 warrant officers, 200 Sapper Leaders Course graduates, 4,650 12B combat engineers and more than 7,000 ITRO and AIT students. But, I didn’t do this,” he said. “This brigade is chockfull of the brightest and most talented noncommissioned officers, officers and DA civilians that the Engineer Regiment has to offer. There and only there should lie the credit. Without the effort they put in every day, this task could never be accomplished — thank you.”
Snider welcomed the Ferguson family.
“Command Sgt. Maj. Ferguson and Mindy, welcome to the team,” he said. “We have a diverse and worthy mission. We have Soldiers in six major training locations around the nation, and we train with our joint brethren in seven of our 80-plus courses. Together, we lead an organization of the nation’s and the Army’s best young people that I couldn’t be more proud of.”
He added, “The command climate is the best I’ve ever known. Our installation’s support and relationship with our fellow brigade command teams is one of partnership and teamwork. I love it here and I know you will, too.”
Ferguson said the Army is a “team sport” and he is thankful for every Soldier he has served with along the way.
“I am honored to be part of this team. Mindy and I appreciate the warm welcome here to Fort Leonard Wood,” he said. “Being Sapper Seven is an honor and I will work every day to continue to earn that title.”