January 23, 2009

116th salutes departing command sergeant major

By Spc. Jeremy Mills
116th BCT Public Affairs

Command Sgt. Maj. Holcomb farewell

Col. William R. Phillips, II, right, presents Command Sgt. Major Carl A. Holcomb with the Order of Saint Maurice Infantry Regimental Award during his farewell ceremony Jan. 10 in Staunton, Va. Holcomb was recently named the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Adjutant General of Virginia. (Photo by Spc. Jeremy Mills, 116th BCT Public Affairs)

STAUNTON, Va. — The Soldiers of 116th Brigade Combat Team bid a fond farewell to departing Command Sgt. Maj. Carl A. Holcomb at a ceremony Jan. 10 in Staunton, Va.

Holcomb left the unit to become the Virginia Army National Guard command sergeant major, replacing Command Sgt. Maj. James D. Rogers.

“There will be bumps in the road but he’s always been the kind of man to roll with those bumps, he’ll do just fine,” said Rogers.

During the ceremony, Holcomb was presented with the Order of Saint Maurice Infantry Regimental Award and a Meritorious Service Medal for his leadership in the reset and reorganization of 3,700 soldiers following a deployment to Iraq.

Sgt. Maj. Ricky Kiser also gave Holcomb a .45 caliber Model 1911 handgun on behalf of all the soldiers who will miss his guidance.

“This is one of the highlights of my career thus far, to be the 116th Brigade command sergeant major,” said Holcomb.

“Sometimes you choose the time, other times the time chooses you, like it did with this promotion,” Holcomb said.

Holcomb assumed his role as the top-ranking enlisted soldier in Virginia on Dec. 22.

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