SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Crosby passed the symbolic Noncommissioned Officers' Sword and the responsibility of senior enlisted advisor of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division to Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Sweezer in a ceremony on Weyand Field here Jan. 24.
Crosby spent 18 months as the Warrior brigade's senior noncommissioned officer. During the ceremony, Col. Thomas Mackey, 2nd SBCT's commander, touched on what Crosby is leaving behind with his Soldiers.
"The legacy that Command Sgt. Maj. Crosby leaves with us will not be a physical structure you can touch or a tangible thing," said Mackey. "It will be a generation of Soldiers who now have a positive example of leadership and a template for the future. These Warriors will be better leaders, inform critical decisions, or light the way forward in an uncertain scenario because we will all think, 'What did Command Sgt. Maj. Crosby do in this situation, or how would he approach this problem?' The desire to 'Be like Mike' may have nothing to do with Michael Jordan in the future and everything to do with Mike Crosby."
During his remarks, Crosby gave his Warrior brigade Soldiers parting advice on how to be successful.
"I would like to leave you with what I tell every new Soldier," Crosby said. "Stay committed to yourself and your family every day. Stay committed to your company, troop, or battery; squad, section, and team. Give 100% every day. Stay committed to getting in the best physical condition of your life every day. Go hard. Stay committed to informing your chain of command of any issues that you or your family may have. They will give you every resource the Army has to offer, but you must inform them."
Mackey also talked about his new command sergeant major, saying that Sweezer would help the brigade continue to grow and develop as a team, and provide much needed continuity as the brigade changes command later this year.
Sweezer said he is looking forward to the challenges ahead, and continuing the legacy Crosby is leaving behind.
"It is an honor and a privilege to assume responsibility as the command sergeant major for these great Soldiers and their Families," said Sweezer. "I'd like to think the Army got this one right for selecting me and giving me the opportunity to be a part of such a great organization."