'Task Force Warhawg' welcomes new senior enlisted leader
May 3, 2013
FORT BLISS, Texas -- The 1st Battalion, 360th Infantry Regiment, "Task Force Warhawg," 5th Armored Brigade, Division West, welcomed a new senior enlisted leader in a change of responsibility ceremony at the Milam Youth Activity Center here April 19.
The ceremony formalized Command Sgt. Maj. Juan Cornett's assumption of responsibility from Command Sgt. Maj. Riley Woodworth.
"Command Sgt. Maj. Woodworth has just handed over the responsibilities as not just the senior enlisted advisor, but as the senior enlisted leader of our infantry battalion, a position he has held with distinction for more than four years," said Lt. Col. William Stewart, Task Force Warhawg commander. "Your legacy with this formation will not end today."
Woodworth thanked the brigade leadership for supporting him and giving him the opportunity to serve. He also thanked his Family for their support, the battalion senior leadership and, finally, those he believes upon whom should be bestowed the most credit: the noncommissioned officers and officers of the unit.
"Through their combined efforts and dedicated professionalism, they are responsible for training nearly 40,000 Joint Warfighters [during my tenure]," Woodworth said. "I have no doubt that these fine Soldiers will continue to provide the best possible training for America's sons and daughters, even when I am long gone. They realize that they are entrusted with this inherent duty and do not take this responsibility lightly."
Stewart expressed his confidence in Cornett's ability to uphold the precedent that has been set.
"The battalion's reputation as premier trainers is now in your hands," Stewart said. "I already know that, with your extensive and impressive experience as an infantryman, you will help raise the bar even higher."
Cornett spoke about taking responsibility and the professionalism of the Warhawg officers and noncommissioned officers.
"Looking at this fine battalion and understanding its inherent responsibilities to train deploying rotational units is humbling," Cornett said. "As a young Soldier, I was told that you will be a part of history, and you will make history every day. I didn't quite understand what that meant at the time, but I do now. The Soldiers in front of you look outstanding and they are the next chapter of the Army; they are the future."
The battalion trains deploying active-duty and reserve component members from all service branches in mounted wheeled gunnery, short range marksmanship, team live fire, close quarters combat, urban operations, and crew-served and individual weapons qualification.