By Ms. Dawn M Arden (Leonard Wood)June 27, 2019
Col. Sean Crockett relinquished command of 3rd Chemical Brigade to Col. Adam Hilburgh during a ceremony held Monday in Fort Leonard Wood's Nutter Field House.
As part of the dual-ceremony event, Command Sgt. Maj. Micah Huling relinquished responsibility of the brigade to Command Sgt. Maj. Jorge Arzabala Jr.
"Today's combined ceremony represents a successful transition from one commander and command sergeant major to another," said Col. Daryl Hood, U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School commandant. "At this very moment, we are establishing a new chapter for this brigade."
Hood said under the command team of Crockett and Huling, the Soldiers and civilians of 3rd Chem. Bde. did an exceptional job with their mission of developing leaders and Soldiers, Soldiers who have enabled mission success for units in any environment.
Crockett said the Soldiers and civilians throughout the brigade are the reason for his success and represent the best the nation has to offer. He added that drill sergeants serve as the foundation for the brigade's training mission and thanked them for setting an example for the Soldiers in training.
"(They) are the cadre leaders responsible for instilling Army Values, moral and ethical decision making, a sense of discipline and standards into our trainee population," Crockett said. "They are the example of what right looks like in our Army today and provide our nation's volunteers a daily example to emulate."
Over the past two years, Hood said the brigade has trained 30,064 basic trainees; 8,842 Motor Transport Operators; 3,150 CBRN Soldiers; 559 CBRN lieutenants in the basic course; 172 CBRN captains in the career course; 42 CBRN warrant officers in the basic course; 31 warrants officers in the advanced course; and 8,400 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and international partners at the Chemical Defense Training Facility.
Hood wished Huling well on his upcoming retirement.
"I salute you for your amazing career," he said.
"At the end of the day the mission is all about the Soldiers," Huling said. "We touched the lives of over 40,000 Soldiers who are trained to standard and I truly believe are ready to fight tonight."
Huling addressed the incoming command team.
"You are taking over the most diverse and largest brigade in TRADOC. It will be a great ride, I promise," Huling said. "Cherish each day because it will go by faster than you think."
Hood said he looks forward to the great things the new command team will accomplish during their time here.
"You have my trust, confidence and support," Hood said. "Speaking for the team, we are excited to integrate you and leverage your leadership."