FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Soldiers of the 110th Aviation Brigade honored the incoming and outgoing command sergeants major Nov. 10.

Command Sgt. Maj. John L. Chandler replaced outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Antoinette Aila during a change of responsibility ceremony at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum.

Chandler was most recently the command sergeant major of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell, Ky.

"The mission (of the 110th Avn. Bde.) will continue in (Chandler's) very capable hands," said Col. Russ Stinger, 110th Avn. Bde. commander. "He has a wealth of experience. The mission keeps growing and there's much to do. With his leadership, we will succeed."

Chandler said he looks forward to working with the Soldiers and everyone at Fort Rucker.

"I submit to all those in attendance that my heart's in it and I'll work as hard as it takes to get the job done," he said. "I'm proud to be standing here today. I'm profoundly humbled."

Aila, who has been with the "Warriors" for three years, next moves into an as-yet unnamed position with the installation headquarters. She has completed all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy.

"Throughout my time here, her council has been wise and her leadership and advice have made my job possible," said Stinger. "For the last few years, she's spent every waking hour making this brigade, Fort Rucker and its Soldiers successful. There is no finer model of the Army values than (Aila)."

Aila said she has enjoyed her time with the 110th Avn. Bde. and thanked all of its individual battalions here for their service and for helping make her time here memorable.

"I did not know - at the age of 17 - what I was in for, and I couldn't have done it by myself," she said. "Army Aviation is part of the reason for my success. I wish everyone could see the enormous impact all the battalions have here."

The mission of the 110th Avn. Bde. is to provide the Army and allied forces with professionally trained Aviators and non-rated crew members through planning, coordinating and executing formal flight instruction at the undergraduate and graduate level.

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