Feb. 8, 2011

1-116th holds change of responsiblity ceremony

By Maj. Nevin Blankenship
116th BCT Public Affairs

LYNCHBURG, Va. — As an effort to recognize the noncommissioned officers throughout the 116th Brigade Combat Team, the first change of responsibility ceremony for the BCT was held for the 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment Feb. 8 in Lynchburg.


Command Sgt. Maj. Ricky Kiser's wife places the command sergeant major insignia on his uniform during a change of responsibility ceremony for the 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment Feb. 8 in Lynchburg. (Photo by Maj. Nevin Blankenship, 116th BCT Public Affairs)

The COR was held to welcome Sgt. Maj. Ricky Kiser back to the battalion as the command sergeant major and to pay tribute to Command Sgt. Maj. John Braziel, III, the outgoing command sergeant major.

The COR and the change of command ceremony are similar ceremonies, except that the COR is for noncommissioned officers and that there is an “order of relief” and a “charge order of relief.”

During the “order of relief” the command sergeant major insignia is removed from the outgoing command sergeant major, relieving them of their responsibility. The “charge order” is then given to the incoming NCO signifying their order to assume responsibility of the unit.

“What an honor and privilege it is for me to have a Soldier like Sgt. Maj. Kiser to be my right-hand,” said Lt. Col. Allan Carter, the incoming battalion commander.

The purpose of the COR is to symbolize the importance upon which a command places the position of the senior NCO in the unit.  The ceremony could be conducted for a command sergeant major, first sergeant or the detachment sergeant.

“The senior noncommissioned officer is an essential component to the success of any unit, and we need to recognize that importance to our Soldiers in the BCT,” said 116th Brigade Combat Team Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Yancy.

Throughout the BCT, Yancey wants to recognize the senior NCOs of the BCT by having these ceremonies in the future.

“It’s an enormous sense of responsibility, because everybody looks to you for what is right, and to aspire to be,” said Kiser.

“I enjoyed my time here with the battalion and I know that the unit is in more than capable hands with Command Sgt. Maj. Kiser,” said Braziel.

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