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Lieutenant Colonel Michael Higginbotham (center left), passes the noncommissioned officer sword to the incoming senior noncommissioned officer, Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Hauke, during a change of responsibility ceremony at Hunter Army Airfield, March 25.

HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. - Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, bid farewell to their command sergeant major and welcomed a new one during a change of responsibility ceremony on the flightline at Hunter Army Airfield, March 25. Outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Blair passed the responsibility of the battalion to incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Hauke.

"I loved being in this battalion," said Command Sgt. Maj. Blair. "I've been here a while. I was here as a first sergeant and then as a command sergeant major. But when the Army says it's time to go, you have to move out of the way and let someone else come in. This is a great battalion and Command Sgt. Maj. Hauke is going to do well. He's the guy for this battalion and he will lead this battalion to do great things for the brigade."

During the ceremony a noncommissioned officer sword was passed from the outgoing command sergeant major, to the battalion commander, Lt. Col. Michael Higginbotham, and then to the incoming command sergeant major to signify how the responsibility is passed from one individual to the next.

"It's an honor to be given this opportunity," said Command Sgt. Maj. Hauke. "I wish (Command Sgt. Maj. Blair) the best of luck in his next assignment. He has led this battalion well and I hope to continue the great work he has started."

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