‘Ready First’ holds farewell ceremony for TF Marne CSM

(Source: U.S. Army)
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From: United States Division - North
Task Force Marne

The leadership of 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, "Ready First" 1st Armored Division out of Fort Bliss, Texas, said farewell to the Task Force Marne Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Andrews; during a ceremony held on Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Kirkuk, Iraq, Sept. 21.

Command Sergeant Major Andrews was recently selected as the First Army command sergeant major, headquartered out of Fort Gillem, Ga. He has been the senior enlisted noncommissioned officer for 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. since March 8, 2007.

During the ceremony Command Sgt. Maj. Andrews, who entered the military in 1980, was described as a leader who made an impact on many Soldiers.

"Command Sergeant Major Andrews' career has been one of numerous accomplishments and selfless service to establishing a legacy that has undoubtedly impacted the lives of many Soldiers," said Sgt. Kevin McCulley, the narrator of the ceremony.

Also, during the ceremony, each of the command sergeants major of Ready First approached the podium to speak about how Command Sgt. Maj. Andrews had made an impact on their career.

Command Sergeant Major Thomas Hitch, command sergeant major of 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division out of Fort Stewart, Ga., spoke about how he always took the time to teach every Soldier.

"Everywhere he goes he hands out information to every Soldier to add to their kit bag; many of the things he has taught me throughout the years I use today," said Command Sgt. Maj. Hitch, who has been mentored by Command Sgt. Maj. Andrews since he was a first sergeant.

Command Sergeant Major Dana Mason Jr., command sergeant major for 1-1 Special Troop Battalion, Ready First, added that not only is Command Sgt. Maj. Andrews a leader but he genuinely cares for the Soldiers he leads.

All of the Ready First command sergeants major agreed, each of them speaking about how Command Sgt. Maj. Andrews mentored and made an impact on them and their Soldiers.

After each of the senior NCOs spoke, they presented Command Sgt. Maj. Andrews with memoirs of Ready First. When Command Sgt. Maj. Andrews took the floor, he thanked each Soldier in the room for getting him to his current level.

"It is because of all of you I was selected, you guys have done a phenomenal job here in Kirkuk and it was a blessing to work with Ready First," he said.