Warrior Brigade gets new senior enlisted leader

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Daniel Johnson, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs  Command Sgt. Maj Jeffrey Sweezer, new senior enlisted leader for the 2nd SBCT,  25th ID, accepts the noncommissioned officer sword from Col. Thomas Mackey, commander, 2nd SBCT, as part of the change of responsibility ceremony held on Weyand Field, Jan. 24. Sweezer took responsibility for the Warrior Brigade from Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Crosby.


Command Sgt. Maj Jeffrey Sweezer, new senior enlisted leader for the 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, accepts the noncommissioned officer sword from Col. Thomas Mackey, commander, 2nd SBCT, as part of the change of responsibility ceremony held on Weyand Field, Jan. 24. Sweezer took responsibility for the Warrior Brigade from Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Crosby.

Staff Sgt. Sean Everette
Photo by Sgt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs,
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Crosby passed the symbolic noncommissioned officers sword and the responsibility of senior enlisted advisor of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, to Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Sweezer in a ceremony on Weyand Field, here, Jan. 24.

Sweezer said he is looking forward to the challenges ahead and continuing the legacy Crosby is leaving behind.

“It is an honor and a privilege to assume responsibility as the command sergeant major for these great Soldiers and their families,” said Sweezer. “I’d like to think the Army got this one right for selecting me and giving me the opportunity to be a part of such a great organization.”

Col. Thomas Mackey, commander, 2nd SBCT, said Sweezer would help the brigade continue to grow and develop as a team, and provide much-needed continuity as the brigade changes command later this year.

Crosby shared some parting advice.

“Stay committed to yourself and your family every day. Stay committed to your company, troop or battery, squad, section and team. Give 100 percent every day,” Crosby said. “Stay committed to getting in the best physical condition of your life every day. Go hard. Stay committed to informing your chain of command of any issues that you or your family may have. They will give you every resource the Army has to offer, but you must inform them.”

Crosby spent 18 months as the Warrior Brigade’s senior NCO.

“The legacy that Command Sgt. Maj. Crosby leaves with us will not be a physical structure you can touch or a tangible thing. It will be a generation of Soldiers who now have a positive example of leadership and a template for the future,” said Mackey.

These Warriors will be better leaders, inform critical decisions or light the way forward in an uncertain scenario because we will all think, ‘What did Command Sgt. Maj. Crosby do in this situation, or how would he approach this problem?’ The desire to ‘be like Mike’ may have nothing to do with Michael Jordan in the future and everything to do with Mike Crosby.”

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