By Sgt. 1st Class Corey Troy Vandiver (First Army)April 3, 2018
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- The 3rd Battalion, 314th Field Artillery Regiment, 174th Infantry Brigade, hosted a change of responsibility for its incoming and outgoing battalion command sergeants major at the McGuire Theater here, March 30.
Command Sgt. Maj. Cesar J. Zertuche assumed responsibility from Command Sgt. Maj. Shannon L. Brown as Lt. Col. Anthony Bianchi, the battalion commander, presided over the ceremony.
Zertuche, a San Antonio native, comes to 3-314th following a stint as the command sergeant major for 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment, 210th Field Artillery Brigade at Camp Casey, Republic of Korea.
The selection of a unit's senior enlisted leader is a key factor in the success of an organization. This fact wasn't lost on Zertuche based on his remarks during the ceremony.
"I'm both honored and humbled by this opportunity," said Zertuche, underscoring his sentiments on the new assignment.
As the 3-314th welcomed its new command sergeant major, it also bid farewell its outgoing senior enlisted leader in a retirement ceremony, honoring his 30 years of service.
Brown, a native of College Park, Georgia, enlisted in the Army in 1988 as a cannon crewmember and has served with distinction in various duty positions and units during his career.
While serving as the 3-314th command sergeant major, Brown's focus on establishing mutually beneficial relationships between the "Thunder" battalion's observer coach/trainers or OC/Ts and their partner units. According to Brown, these relationships were the keys to success of the advise and assist mission.
Although his time on active duty had come to an end, Brown took an opportunity to express his sentiments on retirement and impart some wisdom to the next generation of leaders in attendance.
"I'll miss the camaraderie of being a Soldier and the interaction with everyone in my unit," said Brown.
"My advice is to lead from the front and ensure that you understand the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer," added Brown.
The 3rd Battalion, 314th Field Artillery Regiment advises, assists and trains designated Reserve Component units through collective training support and sustained partnership in order to enhance unit readiness.