CAMP WALKER, Republic of Korea – U.S. Army Garrison Daegu hosted a change of responsibility ceremony Jan. 20, 2021 on Camp Henry. Due to increased HPCON Charlie COVID-19 precautions, the ceremony was limited to the command and immediate Family members. The outgoing command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Alan J. Cline, relinquished his role as the senior enlisted advisor to Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathon J. Blue.
The garrison bid farewell to Cline who arrived in Korea in August 2018. He witnessed the opening of two new Army Family Housing towers on Camp Walker, new unaccompanied barracks on Camp Carroll, dozens of community events and much needed renovations – much of it while operating in the COVID-19 environment. Most notably, he experienced the kind and caring nature of Korean Good Neighbors and the strength of the Republic of Korea-U.S. alliance.
“For the last 70 years, the Korean people have continued to be great allies of the American people. My family and I want to say thank you to the beautiful people of Korea for making us a part of their family for the past three years,” Cline said.
Blue comes to the garrison from Headquarters Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. His previous assignments include 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Armored Division, 4th Infantry Division, 2nd Infantry Division, Recruiting and Retention School, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He completed two combat tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan where he earned the Bronze Star.
“I’m fortunate to be standing here in front of you to lead, develop Soldiers and be led by leaders within this great community,” said Blue. “I am committed to strengthening our Soldiers’ dedication to the U.S. Army by putting them and their Families first and promise to be the leader they expect and deserve.”
Command Sgt. Maj. Blue brings with him his wife, Rochelle, and daughter, Janessa.