FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — The 102nd Training Division-Maneuver Support bid farewell to its outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Bethurem, and welcomed its new leader, Command Sgt. Maj. James Lamberson, during a change-of-responsibility ceremony Aug. 13 in Lincoln Hall Auditorium.
Brig. Gen. James Kokaska, 102nd Training Division-MS commander, praised Bethurem for his support during his tenure.
“Sergeant major (Bethurem), I can’t say enough, you’ve been a great friend, a great confidant, every time I had a tough situation, I would look to you for your recommendation … thank you and we’re definitely going to miss you,” Kokaska said.
Lamberson, whose most recent assignment was 2nd Brigade, 102nd Training Division-MS command sergeant major, praised the organization for its resiliency during the pandemic.
“To the Soldiers of the 102nd, our size may be small compared to a normal-size division, but our impact is enormous … we have trained an average of close to 10,000 Soldiers a year, and with the last two years during a pandemic. You all should be extremely proud of what you have accomplished,” he said.
Lamberson thanked his family for their support throughout his military career.
“To my family, you have been my rock … thank you for understanding and loving me, even as I missed multiple birthdays, Christmas and just those day to day things,” he said. “To my wife … you have always supported me and without your support none of this would have been possible.”
Lamberson, a native of Hazlet, New Jersey, has served in the Army for 26 years. During this time he participated in six mobilizations and deployments during his career, including Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Spartan Shield.
Betherum is serving as 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support) command sergeant major in Salt Lake City, Utah.