10th Sustainment Brigade change of responsibility
From left, 10th Sustainment Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Allen G. Fritzsching; Col. Kurt J. Ryan, brigade commander; and Command Sgt. Maj. Jose Castillo stand together during the change of responsibility ceremony May 23.

After more than three years, the 10th Sustainment Brigade has a new command sergeant major. Command Sgt. Maj. Allen G. Fritzsching relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Jose Castillo during a ceremony May 23 at the 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade hangar on Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield.

In his remarks during the ceremony, Col. Kurt Ryan, 10th Sustainment Brigade commander, referred to Fritzsching as one of the most influential leaders in his life.

“I could not have walked into a better formation in 2009, nor could I have ever imagined the special leader who would greet me and join me as a professional partner in the first half of my command journey,” Ryan told Fritz- sching. “You are the epitome of excellence.”

Ryan also praised Fritzsching’s wife, Angie, for the outstanding support she has given her husband and her involvement in the brigade’s Family programs.

Fritzsching, a proud father of three daughters, has more than 25 years in service, including the last seven as a sergeant major.

“I joined the Army because of a strong desire to serve my country; I decided to make it a career when I re-enlisted for the first time,” he said.

Fritzsching came to 10th Sustainment Brigade from the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. He is scheduled to return to that same command.

As for parting advice to the Soldiers of the brigade, Fritzsching said, “Always do the right thing, and take care of each other.”

Previously assigned to 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Castillo brings 23 years of Army experience to the fight.

Before coming to Fort Drum, Castillo served in Korea and various assignments throughout 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. He also has completed rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I am proud to join the 10th Sustainment Brigade Family and carry on the Muleskinner tradition of excellence. We will continue to focus on building and training our organization in preparation for our deployment to Afghanistan this fall,” he said.

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