Army space warriors of 1st Space Battalion get new command sergeant major
January 18, 2013
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Three senior noncommissioned officers were honored during a recent Change of Responsibility ceremony that took place Jan. 10 at the 302nd Airlift Wing Headquarters Auditorium on Peterson.
The event heralded the relinquishment of responsibility within the 1st Space Battalion between outgoing Sgt. Maj. Marcus L. Jones, and incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Virgil L. Ebrecht Jr.
Following the time honored tradition of passing the NCO's sword, Lt. Col. Patrick J. Mullin, battalion commander said, "This ceremony signifies an important transition of responsibility from Sgt. Maj. Jones to Command Sgt. Maj. Ebrecht. This ceremony also gives me and the Space Warrior Team, an opportunity to recognize the selfless service of Command Sgt. Maj. Luther Harris Jr., as the battalion command sergeant major from August 2001 until this past summer.
"As most of you here know Harris was diagnosed with a heart condition that required multiple surgeries, and as a result of his medical status, he was unable to participate in a ceremony like this one today. We are fortunate and happy that he is here with us today with his wife Tonaz."
Mullin continued by thanking Harris for his time and contributions to the battalion saying, "A great command sergeant major is the standards bearer who lives the Army values.
"Fortunately the 1st Space Brigade leadership allowed Sgt. Maj. Jones to take responsibility for the 1st Space Battalion. The duration of this move was initially uncertain and a difficult task," Mullins said. "However, I've come to realize there is no task too great for Sgt. Maj. Jones. He too is a great command sergeant major. And the battalion has been blessed to have him for the past seven months."
Jones returns to his old position of sergeant major for the 1st Space Brigade's Operations Division.
He then turned to his new command sergeant major saying, "Welcome back to the Army Space Warrior Team. 1st Space Battalion is a unique unit. At first glance it may seem overwhelming to you due to the number of different missions we execute on a daily basis. Some of these mission areas may be new to you, but leadership is not."
During Jones' acknowledgements he gave a sergeant major nod to Harris by saying, "Command Sgt. Maj. Harris, you have made a difficult situation almost seamless. I could never hope to fill your shoes and I didn't try to. But your support to me has been absolutely critical and appreciated."
Jones then turned to his replacement and said, "Command Sgt. Maj. Ebrecht welcome back to the 1st Space Battalion in Colorado Springs. You are the right leader at the right time for this awesome responsibility. You have a great team, and I know your experience and leadership will make them better. "
Ebrecht closed the day's event by saying, "This job involves Soldiers and their families. To me, that is the number one priority."
Looking at Mullin he continued, "Today we start a new team sir. Success is important for the 1st Space Battalion, for our families, for our Soldiers, and for everyone within the command. This job is important. This is Warrior 7, ready and prepared for action -- Army Space, Army Strong!"
The 1st Space Battalion plans, coordinates, and integrates space support to the Warfighter. The Soldiers of the battalion leverage lethal and non-lethal fires to support the land component commander as he prosecutes the deep fight.