New CSM puts 'boots on the ground' in Southwest Asia
June 15, 2008
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait Ac"a,! An experienced leader, trainer and maintainer assumed responsibility as the senior non-commissioned officer of the 401st Army Field Support Brigade in a June 7 ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
Command Sgt. Maj. Carl O. Campbell, whose last assignment was as command sergeant major for 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson, S.C., accepted the brigadeAca,!a,,cs colors from brigade commander, Col. Dennis M. Thompson, formally beginning duties as the brigadeAca,!a,,cs master trainer and senior enlisted advisor.
Campbell comes to the 401st ideally suited for the position, said Thompson in his remarks to the audience which included Command Sgt. Maj. Vincent Camacho, Combined Joint Task Force 101 command sergeant major.
Aca,!A"He comes to us from Fort Jackson with exactly the experience and skill set that ideally suits him and the brigade for this mission,Aca,!A? said Thompson. Aca,!A"He has served across the spectrum of combat service support (with) assignments that have equipped him to lead, teach, coach and mentor our brigade team.Aca,!A?
An experienced drill sergeant, paratrooper and graduate of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Campbell is a veteran of operations in Kosovo, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
In his remarks to the assembled Army Materiel Command team, and guests, Campbell recognized the challenges the "Champion Brigade" faces with such a widely dispersed Aca,!EoefootprintAca,!a,,c in Southwest Asia.
Aca,!A"We have boots on the ground in three different countries,Aca,!A? he said. Aca,!A"We have Soldiers, Department of Defense and Army civilians, and contractors all making the sacrifices needed to support like a champion.
The 401st conducts theater-wide logistics operations and provides technical support to U.S. and coalition forces in Southwest Asia; and has units in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Qatar.
Aca,!A"We will continue to build on this as we move forward with our mission,Aca,!A? Campbell continued. Aca,!A"Let us have more fun as we continue our fight and remember to support like a champion Aca,!" Champion Seven is on the net.Aca,!A?
Normally used in conjunction with a radio call sign, in this case Aca,!A"championAca,!A? the number seven traditionally identifies the position of the senior enlisted person in a unit.
One of the primary responsibilities of a command sergeant major is the safeguarding, care and display of the unitAca,!a,,cs colors.
The new brigade senior enlisted Soldier will exercise those responsibilities in the next few days as the 401st will see a change at the top, with a brigade change of command being conducted at Bagram on June 11.