Command Sgt. Maj. Paul King assumed responsibility as senior noncommissioned officer of the 3rd Chemical Brigade from Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Aldenberg in a Change of Responsibility ceremony Tuesday at Shea Gym.

Aldenberg served as the 3rd Chem. Bde. command sergeant major for 33 months, where he was hailed as a great teacher, mentor and friend to the Soldiers in 3rd Chem. Bde.

"His leadership has had a profound influence on the leaders in the brigade, not just on me," said Col. Jon Drushal, 3rd Chem. Bde commander.

Drushal added that Aldenberg served as an excellent example for other Soldiers to follow, citing accomplishments for which the Soldiers in the brigade were recognized, including various Maneuver Support Center of Excellence-level quarterly and yearly awards for Soldiers, NCOs and drill sergeants.

Aldenberg passed the spotlight from himself back to the Soldiers for their accomplishments.

"All I did was provide a platform for our Soldiers to succeed," he said.

Drushal welcomed King to the command, saying that the future of the Army is shaped in the 3rd Chem. Bde. and to think about how the Army would look when his service to the brigade was done.

Both Drushal and Aldenberg said King is the best Soldier for the position.

"I feel confident that we are gaining a competent leader," Drushal said.

"(King) is the right command sergeant major, for the right organization, at the right time," added Aldenberg, who had served with King as platoon sergeants at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

In his brief remarks to the brigade, King said he was anxious to get started and that he was looking forward to helping Drushal make 3rd Chem. Bde. the best in the Army.

King is joining the 3rd Chem. Bde. from the 83rd Chem. Battalion, Fort Stewart, Georgia, where he was the command sergeant major. His previous assignments include Camp Casey, Republic of Korea; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; and Fort Lee, Virginia.

He enlisted in the Army in 1989 and served as a material control and accounting specialist before reclassifying to the Chemical Corps in 1994.