Command Sgt. Maj. Micah Huling assumed responsibility as senior noncommissioned officer of the 3rd Chemical Brigade from Command Sgt. Maj. Paul King in a Change of Responsibility ceremony Feb. 16 at Shea Gym.

King served as the eighth command sergeant major of the brigade, where he was hailed as a great leader and mentor to the Soldiers in 3rd Chem. Bde.

"You were indeed a first-class leader," said Col. Daryl Hood, 3rd Chem. Bde. commander.

Hood added that King enriched the "command climate built on trust, dignity, respect, positive attitude and teamwork and excellence overall."

King highlighted his time with the Soldiers in the brigade, saying his favorite part of serving in his position was the opportunity to observe training and influence Soldiers.

"It's been a great ride teaching, leading, coaching, inspiring and mentoring our most precious resource, our Soldiers," he said.

Hood welcomed Huling to the command, saying his experience will help mold the Soldiers of the future.

King echoed the sentiment, adding the brigade is ready for what Huling will bring.

"The leaders, Soldiers and civilians of the brigade are ready to support you with the same zeal and professionalism they gave me and my Family," King said. "You enjoy your time in the brigade."

In his brief remarks to the brigade, Huling said he was happy to be back at Fort Leonard Wood and extremely humbled to have been selected to serve as the ninth command sergeant major of the brigade.

"I look forward to working with you," Huling said. "I pledge to serve with character, competence and commitment."

Huling added that with Hood, they will "make a difference every day in every life."

Huling was previously assigned to Fort Leonard Wood as a company first sergeant with 82nd Chemical Battalion and 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment and as a company and battalion command sergeant major, both with 2-10 Inf. Bn.