FORT CAVAZOS, Texas – Col. Kevin Bradley, 3rd Cavalry Regiment commander, relinquished command to Col. Jeffrey Barta during a change of command ceremony on May 24 at Fort Cavazos, Texas. At the same time the Brave Rifles team held a change of responsibility ceremony for Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Dein, 3rd Cavalry Regiment command sergeant major as he relinquished the responsibilities to Command Sgt. Maj. Mikael McInroy.
Maj. Gen. John B. Richardson IV, 1st Cavalry Division commanding general, was the reviewing officer for the ceremony. Richardson spoke extensively about Bradley’s tenure as the commander of the regiment.
“Col. Bradley is as good as they come,” said Richardson. “All regiment commanders leave a legacy when they depart and Col. Bradley will always be remembered as a trainer who built a cohesive winning team, masters of the fundamentals, fit, disciplined and well trained. In fact, in my 32 years of service, I have never seen any leader plan, prepare and execute better training than Kevin Bradley.”
Bradley took command two and a half years ago. Under Bradley’s leadership, Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana and the regiment was called upon to help deliver supplies, clear roads and provide any additional assistance to aid the local populace recover from a tragic disaster.
Additionally, he helped the regiment train over 10,000 future officers during Cadet Summer Training at Fort Knox, Ky.
“Our heroes are the Sergeants and Troopers standing before you,” Bradley said. “Who daily demonstrate a lethal attitude getting rep after rep, all night, all weather so they could stand ready to deploy whenever the challenge arises.”
The ceremony continued with Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Dein’s relinquishment of responsibility of the regiment to Command Sgt. Maj. Mikael McInroy. Dein served in many leadership positions from fire team leader to regimental command sergeant major.
“Command Sgt. Maj. Dein is the epitome of the non-commissioned officer.” Richardson said about Dein’s tenure. “The regiment has been fortunate to have had him as the senior NCO in its ranks. A role-model, a standard bearer and trusted advisor, he is the complete package.”
Richardson emphasized that just as the first regimental commander had less than a year to prepare his Troopers for an operational deployment, Col. Barta and Command Sgt. Maj. McInroy will have less than a year to prepare the regiment for an overseas deployment to South Korea, reassuring our allies and deterring any adversaries in the Peninsula.