Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Guden only moved about 50 feet to his new assignment but he admits his duties tripled as the new command sergeant major of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning.
Im extremely excited to take this new post, Guden said Friday, minutes after a change of responsibility ceremony at McGinnis-Wickam Hall.
After spending the last 20 months as the command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Infantry School, Guden became the posts highest ranking non-commissioned officer when he assumed the responsibility from Command Sgt. Maj. James Carabello. Carabello has been reassigned as the command sergeant major of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization at the Pentagon.
In his new position, Gudens duties will include soldiers at the Armor and Infantry schools, civilians, soldiers with the Army Medical Department Activity and the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Kelley Hill.
Its quite a significant increase of soldiers I will have the opportunity to work with and see in their training on a daily basis, he said.
Gudens office at the Infantry School was located in McGinnis-Wickam Hall along with the headquarters for the Armor School and the Maneuver Center of Excellence. His new office is down the hall to the center of the building.
During a 1 p.m. ceremony, Guden was handed the spontoon from Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who recognized both command sergeants.
McMaster, commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, said he couldnt have asked for a better leader and soldier than Carabello. You have made all of us better soldiers, he said.
The post commander also said the effectiveness of the Army comes down to one key thing and thats sergeants.
Command sergeant majors are immensely important to any unit but particularly here because their influence reaches across our entire Army, McMaster said.
During Carabellos tour at Fort Benning, McMaster said his legacy will live on in the 300,000 soldiers trained and educated at the post. McMaster described Guden as the kind of leader the Maneuver Center needs.
He has earned the respect of all of us here, he said.
Guden, 45, has served in the Army for almost 27 years. He is a veteran of Desert Shield and Storm, four combat deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan.
Some of his military training includes Ranger School, Airborne School, the Jumpmaster Course, the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy and the Drill Sergeant Course.