Sgt. Maj. Dannette D. Bailey, Army Field Support Battalion-Bagram, 401st Army Field Support Brigade senior noncommissioned officer, accepts the noncommissioned officers sword from Lt. Col. Peter J. Koch, AFSBn-Bagram, 401st AFSB commander, during a change of responsibility ceremony at battalion headquarters Sept. 15. Bailey assumed the duties as the battalion senior noncommissioned officer from Sgt. Maj. Donald R. Robertson.

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Sgt. Maj. Dannette D. Bailey assumes responsibility as Army Field Support Battalion-Bagram's senior enlisted Soldier from Sgt. Maj. Donald R. Robertson during a change of responsibility ceremony Sept. 15 at battalion headquarters.

The ceremony was presided over by Lt. Col. Peter J. Koch, AFSBn-BAF, 401st Army Field Support Brigade, commander and was attended by Brig. Gen. Kristin K. French, Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan commanding general, Command Sgt. Maj. Karl Roberts, JSC-A command sergeant major, Col. John D. Kuenzli, 401st AFSB commander, Command Sgt. Maj. Charlie G. Chavez, 401st AFSB command sergeant major, and other brigade and battalion personnel.

During the ceremony Robertson requested permission to be relieved of responsibility and handed the noncommissioned officer's saber to Koch, who in turn, passed the saber to Bailey signifying her assumption of the responsibilities as the battalion's senior NCO.

In remarks, Koch thanked Robertson for his confident leadership, dedication to mission accomplishment and tactical and technical perfection.

"Soldiers are entitled to outstanding leadership, and you provided it," Koch said. "You had the initiative, integrity and moral courage -- you are an NCO -- you are a leader."

"It has been an honor to serve with you, Lieutenant Colonel Koch, you are my friend and my battle buddy," said Robertson.

Robertson expressed thanks to all those who make up the battalion for what they do daily to support the Warfighter. He added that he will retire from military service when he redeploys.

"I'll miss it all; God bless you and God bless America," he said.

Bailey called Robertson "a professional" and said she would maintain continuity while welcoming change to enhance battalion proficiency.

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