Lambert now fills role as senior enlisted leader to USARPAC

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
FORT SHAFTER — Gen. Vincent Brooks (at podium), commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, delivers a speech thanking Command Sgt. Maj Frank Leota (center), USARPAC’s outgoing senior enlisted adviser, and welcoming Command Sgt. Maj Bryant Lambert (right), USARPAC’s incoming senior enlisted adviser, during a change of responsibility ceremony held at historic Palm Circle, here, July 24. Leota relinquished his responsibility to Lambert after 34 years of service. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Richardson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

FORT SHAFTER — Gen. Vincent Brooks (at podium), commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, delivers a speech thanking Command Sgt. Maj Frank Leota (center), USARPAC’s outgoing senior enlisted adviser, and welcoming Command Sgt. Maj Bryant Lambert (right), USARPAC’s incoming senior enlisted adviser, during a change of responsibility ceremony held at historic Palm Circle, here, July 24. Leota relinquished his responsibility to Lambert after 34 years of service. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Richardson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson
U.S. Army, Pacific Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Command Sgt. Maj. Bryant Lambert, U.S. Army Pacific incoming senior enlisted adviser, accepted responsibility as Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota, USARPAC’s outgoing senior enlisted adviser, prepares to retire during a change of responsibility ceremony on historic Palm Circle, here, July 24.

Leota transferred responsibility to Lambert by the ceremonial passing of the colors.

FORT SHAFTER — Gen. Vincent Brooks (right), commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, passes the colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Bryant Lambert, incoming senior enlisted adviser, USARPAC, during a change of responsibility ceremony held at historic Palm Circle, here, July 24. The passing of the colors signifies the relinquishing of authority from the outgoing command sergeant major to the incoming command sergeant major. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Richardson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

FORT SHAFTER — Gen. Vincent Brooks (right), commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, passes the colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Bryant Lambert, incoming senior enlisted adviser, USARPAC, during a change of responsibility ceremony held at historic Palm Circle, here, July 24. The passing of the colors signifies the relinquishing of authority from the outgoing command sergeant major to the incoming command sergeant major. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Richardson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

The passing of the colors signifies the key role of the Noncommissioned Officer Corps as the guardian and protector of the colors, and the men and women who serve to protect them.

Gen. Vincent Brooks, USARPAC commanding general, was the presiding officer at the change of responsibility, and he welcomed Lambert with the aloha spirit into the “One Team” family.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Lambert, welcome to the Indo-Pacific region,” said Brooks. “We are all excited to have you in position, and I am counting on you to be who you are and help me lead this command.”

Brooks also said that he anticipated Lambert to follow his instincts and make a big impact throughout the Pacific region.

Lambert became USARPAC’s 19th command sergeant major.

During the ceremony, Lambert showed some of his character by being precise, direct and keeping the Soldiers in consideration.

“I will enforce the commander’s intent, his set priorities and end-stated desires,” he said.

Lambert thanked Brooks for the opportunity to serve as his senior adviser. He also thanked Leota for their friendship and leadership over the years.

Brooks also thanked Leota and his family for their years of service and sacrifices to the nation.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Leota, you have served our nation and this command exceedingly well,” said Brooks. “I am personally grateful to you for being an outstanding battle buddy and wing man over the last year.”

FORT SHAFTER — Gen. Vincent Brooks (center), commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, stands with Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota (right), outgoing senior enlisted adviser, USARPAC, and Command Sgt. Maj. Bryant Lambert (left), incoming senior enlisted adviser, USARPAC, during a change of responsibility ceremony held at historic Palm Circle, here, July 24. Leota relinquished his responsibility to Lambert after 34 years of service, with three of those years spent serving USARPAC. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Richardson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

FORT SHAFTER — Gen. Vincent Brooks (center), commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, stands with Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota (right), outgoing senior enlisted adviser, USARPAC, and Command Sgt. Maj. Bryant Lambert (left), incoming senior enlisted adviser, USARPAC, during a change of responsibility ceremony held at historic Palm Circle, here, July 24. Leota relinquished his responsibility to Lambert after 34 years of service, with three of those years spent serving USARPAC. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Richardson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

Brooks said that he was grateful for his command sergeants’ majors, and they are prime examples of guardians of the colors.

“The U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer Corps has earned the respect of our nation, the admiration of many foreign countries and the reputation as the backbone of our Army,” said Brooks. “It is because of people like Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota and Bryant Lambert. I’m so thankful that I get to be in the same Army with such men as these.”

 

 

 

 

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