The U.S. Army Engineer School said farewell to its top noncommissioned officer Tuesday.

Command Sgt. Maj. Butler Kendrick Jr. relinquished the senior enlisted adviser responsibilities as the school's 17th regimental command sergeant major, during a relinquishment-of-responsibility ceremony held at the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Plaza.

Brig. Gen. Anthony Funkhouser, USAES commandant, presided over the ceremony and congratulated Kendrick on his leadership and accomplishments with the Engineer Regiment.

"I can honestly say that you brought your A-game every day, and you leave a great legacy of Soldiers across the regiment and engineer team," he said. "You changed the way we do NCO talent management from the day we started."

"I think one of the things he is most proud of is that he got the Sapper competition restarted this year, and it was an incredible success," Funkhouser said.

Kendrick acknowledged several leaders, mentors, Family and friends who influenced his career.

"I've been surrounded with such a dynamic team of Soldiers and phenomenal civilians working for the regiment and the engineer school," he said.

Kendrick, who has served as the regiment's command sergeant major since June 13, 2013, is scheduled to head to Djibouti, Africa, where he will serve as sergeant major for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.

Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley Houston, currently command sergeant major of the 2nd Engineer Brigade (Amphibious), Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Fort Wainwright, Alaska, is scheduled take responsibility as USAES regimental command sergeant major in June.

Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Tetreault will serve as USAES interim regimental command sergeant major.