FORT CARSON, Colo. -- The Raider Brigade welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Delfin J. Romani to the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, as he took responsibility from Command Sgt. Maj. Charles W. Tennant during a change of responsibility ceremony at the Special Events Center on Fort Carson, April 16.
Col. Monte Rone, the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division commander, presided over the event as Tennant passed the organizational colors to Romani.
"Command Sergeant Major Tennant, you exceeded the scope of your duties and responsibilities as the Command Sergeant Major of the Raider Brigade," said Col. Rone. "You epitomize what it means to be a non-commissioned officer and expert war fighter and you live the Raider Brigade motto of being fit, inspired, disciplined, trained, and ready."
Tennant, who served almost 30 years in the Army, spent the last 27 months as the 1SBCT senior non-commissioned officer. During his time, Tennant successfully trained and led more than 4,500 Soldiers in 1SBCT through multiple field exercises, two National Training Center rotations and one deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel.
"I will never forget his passion, he is the definition of what you call a passionate and dedicated leader," said Command Sgt. Maj. Jelani Edwards, command sergeant major of 2nd Battalion 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. "You could find him out there during physical training getting after it with these young troopers early in the morning. Then late in the evening, staying after with staff to make sure everything is taken care of."
Tennant expressed appreciation to the Raider Brigade, and praised them for their dedication.
"To be in a position that provides leadership, guidance and mentorship of more than 4,500 Soldiers, NCO's and Officers truly takes a team," Tennant said. "I have been truly blessed with mentoring over 74 First Sergeant's and Commanders 14 Command Sergeants Major and Battalion Commanders along with their Operations Sergeants, which supported clear and concise orders to train and develop the 37 diverse companies in this amazing brigade."
Tennant took the time during the ceremony to express his confidence in Romani's leadership.
"Command Sgt. Maj. Romani, you are truly more than ready to take this brigade. You and your family will be the perfect fit for the next challenges ahead." Tennant said. "You have more than proved your readiness and eagerness to continue the legacy of the Raider Brigade."
Romani brings a long list of achievements and experience to 1SBCT. Since joining the Army in May 1997, some of Romani's achievements and credentials include, the Warrior Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, The United States Army Sergeant Major Course, Air Assault School, Jump Master School, Ranger School and Sapper Leader Course, just to name a few.
Along with his military education, Romani also earned an associate degree in General Studies, a baccalaureate degree in Business Administration and a master's degree in Leadership Studies. Some of his military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal.
"Command Sgt. Maj. Tennant was a great inspiration… very motivational, and he always pushed the Soldiers to want to do their best," said Spc. Stacie Williams, Dakota Troop, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. "I believe that Command Sgt. Maj. Romani will do the same thing."
Romani is looking forward to this upcoming opportunity.
"Raiders, it is a privilege and honor to assume this role as your command sergeant major, Romani said. "I can promise you these three things: I will always give you 110%, from physical training to close of business and beyond. I will be personally accountable for everything that I ask from you, and I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight."