The U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood held an assumption-of-responsibility ceremony for Command Sgt. Maj. John Brennan Wednesday at the installation’s John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex Engineer Regimental Room.
Prior to arriving at Fort Leonard Wood, Brennan was the sergeant major for the 20th Engineer Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
It’s this experience that Brig. Gen. Mark Quander, USAES commandant, said he is looking forward to putting to use in helping move the regiment forward.
“I got to see first-hand what he did in his last assignment,” Quander said. “Just absolutely tremendous work, and that experience that you had there on that deployment in support of (U.S. Army Central), we’re going to tap into that as you lead the Engineer Regiment here as the 28th command sergeant major.”
Quander said they will also rely on Brennan’s experiences from serving in airborne, mechanized and Stryker formations.
“He is a tremendous team builder, leader developer and inspirational leader,” Quander said. “This is about developing leaders and Soldiers who can win in combat today and tomorrow — because winning matters.”
Brennan said he is grateful to be given the opportunity to give back to the regiment that has given so much to him over the years.
“My Army experience has now come full circle,” he said. “Returning to the location where my career began. This is the institution that trained and developed me 25 years ago.”
Brennan added, “It’s an absolute honor and I could not have imagined this (outcome) so many years ago as a trainee down the street in (Company D, 31st Engineer Battalion).”
He said he looks forward to working with the Soldiers and civilians of the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence.
“The trainees and engineer students who come here to Fort Leonard Wood trust that we will provide them the best training and leader-development experience, and I’m whole-heartedly committed to facilitating that type of experience by working on solutions and initiatives that keep our engineers and regiment ready and relevant,” Brennan said.