By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterJanuary 19, 2018
FORT RUCKER, Ala -- As the installation settled into the new year, the 110th Aviation Brigade welcomed a new command sergeant major.
Command Sgt. Maj. Johnathan D. Logan assumed responsibility from Command Sgt. Maj. Lloyd S. Ankrum during a change of responsibility ceremony at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum Jan. 10.
Col. Chad E. Chasteen, 110th Avn. Bde commander, presided over the ceremony and took the opportunity to thank and bid farewell to the outgoing CSM while welcoming the new command team.
"We're not here today just to witness the change of responsibility between two great men, but we're here to honor the diverse team that they represent," said the brigade commander. "I'm proud and grateful to be the commander of this amazing unit, and I bear the bittersweet privilege of saying goodbye to one great leader and welcoming another.
"Ankrum is an exceptional leader, a standard bearer and a trusted adviser. He invested his time, his reputation, in forging the 110th into what it is today -- a proud professional unit with a positive command climate and a relentless commitment to excellence," he said, before welcoming the Logans.
Logan said he was humbled to take the position and looks forward to serving with the Soldiers and family members of the brigade, adding that it's the people of the unit who contribute most to its success.
"Today's ceremony is about the Soldiers and the Department of the Army civilians of this brigade," said the new command sergeant major. "To all the leaders here today, please continue to take care of the Soldiers and the families in your charge and in your care. The greatest asset in the Army's inventory is its people.
"Amy and I are both humbled to serve here amongst you all," he continued. "I look forward to serving alongside each of you in the future as your command sergeant major."
Logan returns to Fort Rucker from his most recent assignment as the command sergeant major of the 112th Aviation Support Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.
He brings with him a wealth of experience, having served in a multitude of assignments and leadership positions ranging from a flight engineer with B Company, 2-160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; platoon sergeant for both the 2-160th SOAR in Taegu, Korea, as well as A Co., 2-160th SOAR in Fort Campbell, Kentucky; senior NCO Academy instructor and leaders at the NCO Academy in Fort Eustis, Virginia; and first sergeant of the B Co., 12th Aviation Battalion, Army Air Operations Group, Military District of Washington.
"I have the privilege to welcome Command Sergeant Major John and Amy Logan," said Chasteen. "Logan brings to us a deep reservoir of operational and instructor experience. He served in every level of leadership during the last 23 years.
"Welcome to the team. John, you are a warrior, and you will quickly find a home at the helm of the Warrior brigade," continued the brigade commander. "We are fortunate to call you our command sergeant major, and together we will strive to make this great unit even better."
Ankrum echoed Chasteen's confidence in the new command team to lead the 110th to greater heights, adding that the people of the organization is what made his time at the unit great.
"The professionals of the 110th Aviation Brigade do more with less by working seven days a week in some cases in order to meet the demands of the Army," said the outgoing command sergeant major. "John, I wish you and the rest of team Logan the best of luck. This has been one of the most rewarding assignments of my career -- to lead an Aviation Brigade in an Army that trains our future Aviators. It is a unique opportunity, and I'm proud to say I was a part of it."