196th Inf. Bde. holds change of responsibility

| February 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

COL Sean Berg (center), Commander 196th Infantry Brigade, passes the Brigade Colors to CSM Alan Michaud (left), signaling a transition of responsibility from CSM Kenneth Killingsworth (right), during a Change of Responsibility ceremony held at Palm Circle on Jan. 19, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Steffen, JPMRC Media Team)

Capt. Rich Diegel
196th Infantry Brigade

FORT SHAFTER — On a rainy January morning, the Chargers Brigade bid a fond farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Killingsworth and his wife Sandy while welcoming a new family to the unit: Command Sgt. Maj. Alan Michaud, his wife Lorrie and son Maximus.

Chargers from across the Pacific flew in to support the 196th Infantry Brigade change of responsibility ceremony held at historic Palm Circle, here.

During his tenure as the 196th Inf. senior enlisted adviser, Killingsworth led the charge for nearly two years, during which the brigade executed an Exportable Combat Training Capability rotation for 29th Inf. Bde. Combat Team (Army National Guard), four Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Capability (JPMRC) home-station training exercises (including the first and second off-island deployments of the JPMRC Instrumentation System) and numerous other 196th supported missions across the Pacific area of responsibility. The missions included mobilizations of Reserve and National Guard partners and Civil Support Team exercises.

Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Killingsworth (above), the outgoing command sergeant major, addresses guests attending the 196th Infantry Brigade Change of Responsibility ceremony held at Palm Circle. (Photo by Jonathan Steffen, JPMRC Media Team)

During his speech, Killingsworth lamented having to depart a unit that was at the forefront of focused readiness and preparation of the Total Army Force, but he was looking forward to the challenges associated with his next assignment, senior enlisted adviser for the 2nd Security Forces Assistance Brigade located at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Although new to the brigade, Michaud was able to work closely with the Charger team during the most recent Lightning Forge exercise, held in October 2017 for 3rd Brigade Combat Team, “Broncos,” 25th Infantry Division.

Michaud will hit the ground running, as the week following the change of responsibility, 196th Soldiers begin main body deployment to Fort Hunter Liggett, California, in order to deliver JPMRC Rotation 18-02 “Bayonet Focus” to 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, “Ghost”, 2nd Infantry Division.

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