By Sgt. 1st Class Michael CoxApril 23, 2019
Fort Hood-The 1st Medical Brigade welcomed a new command sergeant major on Cooper Field April 18.
Command Sgt. Maj. Jennifer Redding, the outgoing 1st Medical Brigade Command Sergeant Major, passed responsibility over to incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Jackson II.
"I see Soldiers that reflect the finest traditions of the United States Army, Disciplined NCOs who maintain the highest standards, Soldiers who know why they serve, quite simply... A formation that not only tells our story, but directly reflects their command sergeant major," said Col. Robert Howe II, 1st MED BDE commander, who presided over the ceremony and the time-honored tradition of the passing of the non-commissioned officer's sword signifying the relinquishing of responsibility from one command sergeant major to another.
After the change of responsibility, Redding thanked her family, Howe, the 1st MED BDE Soldiers, as well as members in the audience and welcomed Jackson.
"It has been an honor to serve as the 1st Medical Brigade command sergeant major," Redding said. "Proud of all our Silver Knights, executing duties around the globe. Their hard work and sacrifice will not be forgotten."
Howe addressed Redding speaking of her commitment and impact on the 1st MED BDE.
"You are a leader who epitomizes what right looks like." Howe said adding, "I was honored to stand and grow with you, leading this team of teams. You were the right leader at the right time to lead this formation, both at home and in harm's way."
Jackson thanked Howe, Redding, 1st MED BDE Soldiers, guests, Family members and Good Neighbors.
"Col. Howe, I look forward to our journey together," Jackson said. "To the Soldiers and Leaders thank you for everything you have done and I look forward to serving as Silver Knight 7."
Howe addressed Jackson as the ideal candidate to serve and lead the Silver Knights.
"Command Sgt. Maj. Jackson you have a tremendous reputation for leading Soldiers," Howe said, "Your diverse background and experience in peace and war make you the ideal candidate to serve and lead these fine Soldiers."
Jackson comes to the 1st MED BDE from the 28th Combat Support Hospital at Fort Bragg, NC, where he served as command sergeant major. Jackson is the 14th command sergeant major of the 1st MED BDE.
Redding, who served as the 1st MED BDE command sergeant major since January 2018, is going to Joint Base San Antonio where she'll be the command sergeant major for the Medical Professional Training Brigade.