FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (June 25, 2015) -- The Engineer Regiment's 18th regimental command sergeant major is no stranger to Fort Leonard Wood or its leadership.

Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley Houston, who assumed responsibility as the top enlisted leader for the U.S. Army Engineer School at the assumption-of-responsibility Friday in Nutter Field House, is a former drill sergeant on post.

He also served in Southeastern Europe with Brig. Gen. Kent Savre, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general.

"I know Command Sgt. Maj. Houston," Savre said. "He was with me in Kosovo with the Blue Babe, 82nd Engineers in the late 90s. I saw him in action in Kuwait as battalion sergeant major with the 15th Engineers and over in Afghanistan."

Houston was most recently the command sergeant major for the 2nd Engineer Brigade and deployed to Afghanistan, according to Savre.

"No one is more prepared to take the helm and continue pushing forward for the Engineer Regiment's continued success," Savre added. "We're thrilled to welcome the Houston Family to the engineer and Fort Leonard Wood team."

Houston has had three tours in Germany to include Berlin, Bamberg and Schweinfurt. Among his tours stateside are Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Monroe, Virginia and Fort Riley, Kansas.

His time on Fort Leonard Wood includes a stint as drill sergeant and an assignment with the 1st Engineer Brigade.

"I am both humbled and honored to serve in such a capacity for this regiment," said Houston, a Zanesville, Ohio, native.

"To all the leaders and Soldiers who have made this day possible, thank you for your untiring efforts," he said. "So many of you in this room are true mentors and friends I've had over the years. I simply would not be the Soldier I am today without your guidance and support.''

Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Tetreault occupied the seat as USAES interim regimental command sergeant major since April.

"I would be remiss if I didn't thank Command Sgt. Maj. Tetreault who served as interim sergeant major for all of his efforts during this period of transition and certainly bringing me up to speed," Houston said.

Houston wears the parachutist, drill sergeant French commando and Combat Action badges. He is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy and Sergeant Morales clubs and a recipient of the Army Engineer Association's Bronze De Fleury Medal.