45th Sust. Bde CSM bids farewell

| March 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos
45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — On a cloudy, windswept Hawaiian morning, the Soldiers from the 45th Sustainment Brigade bid farewell to their brigade command sergeant major during a change of responsibility ceremony here, March 2.

Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Ramos II celebrated his last day in the Army by doing what he had done for the last 26 years; taking care of his Soldiers.

Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Ramos II, command sgt. maj. of the 45th Sustainment Brigade, passes the noncommissioned officer sword to Col. Clay Hatcher, commander of the 45th Sust. Bde., during the change of responsiblity on Hamilton Field, Tuesday.“Being a brigade sergeant major is both the best and hardest job in the Army,” said Ramos. “You are responsible for everything that goes on in the brigade, but you are also nurturing the future of tomorrow’s Army.”

Col. Clay Hatcher, the commander of the 45th Sust. Bde., said goodbye not only to his senior enlisted advisor, but also to his friend, who served as the backbone of the brigade both at home and while deployed.

“I could always count on Ben to do what was right. He kept me on the right track and always put his Soldiers first,” said an emotional Hatcher. “We are losing the best of the NCO (noncommissioned officer) Corps today.”

Ramos described his career as: “Amazing! Not too many people can say they had the greatest job in the greatest organization in the world. The Army took a scrawny underweight 18-year-old kid and turned him into the leader and the Soldier you see today.”

As Ramos stood on Hamilton Field and inspected his troops one last time, he handed over responsibility of the brigade to Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Bynoe.

For Bynoe, the step forward from being the senior noncommissioned officer at the 45th Special Troops Battalion to the 45th Sust. Bde. wasn’t a journey into unfamiliar territory.

While the brigade was deployed to Afghanistan last year, Bynoe served as the rear detachment brigade sergeant major for about 2,500 brigade Soldiers in Hawaii.

Before Ramos walked off the field for the last time, Ramos gave his Soldiers one last piece of advice.

“Take care of one another, do right by each other, for all we have is each other,” he said.

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