By Mr. Michael Maddox (ROTC)July 28, 2016
FORT KNOX, Ky. (July 28, 2016) -- U.S. Army Cadet Command hosted a change of responsibility for its senior enlisted leader in a formal ceremony as Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel Arnold passed the position as the highest noncommissioned officer in the command to Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Kraus, Jr. at Waybur Theater July 28.
Kraus comes to Fort Knox from the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he served as the 13th Regimental Command Sergeant Major. Arnold is heading to the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Maj. Gen. Christopher Hughes, commander, USACC and Fort Knox, presided over the ceremony that transferred responsibility from Arnold to Kraus. After the ceremonial transfer of an NCO sword, that symbolizes the responsibility the commander places on the command sergeant major, Hughes addressed the audience.
He shared a few thoughts on both of the command sergeants major.
"He (Arnold) has been the stalwart of enforcing the vision of both General Combs and myself. He's supported the command to make sure the standards are met across this diverse command," he said. "He epitomizes the standards the Soldiers are expected to uphold in this command and he will be truly missed."
Hughes said he looks forward to working with Kraus.
"I can clearly see why my predecessor picked this man to become our next command sergeant major. He is exactly the right pick and he has articulated so in many ways to me over the last couple of months," Hughes said. "He will make a fine addition to the leadership here at Cadet Command."
After Hughes finished his remarks, he introduced Arnold, who then stepped to the podium. During his comments, Arnold shared his pride in the people who make Cadet Command and Fort Knox successful in their mission.
"Just know that no matter what you do, either directly or indirectly (it) contributes to the mission of building commissioned officers for our Army and better citizens for our nation. What you do everyday matters," he said.
Afterwards, Kraus said he is looking forward to taking Cadet Command into its next 100 years.
"I will continue to support sergeant major Arnold's legacy that he's left with this community and organization by leading with transparency and I will be a constant listener," he said. "Together we will make this organization, this community and our Army that much better and that much stronger."
Before arriving at Fort Knox, Kraus prior assignments included service at Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Yongsan, Korea; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and three tours at Fort Hood, Texas. He has also deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom.