In a change of responsibility ceremony held Tuesday morning on Fort Benning, Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew C. Walker relinquished his position as the top non-commissioned officer of the United States Infantry School to Command Sgt. Maj. Steven W. McClaflin.
A crowd of approximately 150 soldiers and civilians gathered at 11 a.m. outside building 35 to both welcome the 29th command sergeant major of the Infantry School and say goodbye to Walker, whose 25-year military career has come to an end.
During an interview Feb. 10 Walker said he’ll step down as the Infantry School’s top non-commissioned officer feeling a mixture of sadness and anxiety as he prepares to enter the civilian world for the first time in more than two decades.
“I look forward to it with trepidation and an expectation of doing well, I hope,” Walker said of his retirement. “But I’m really nervous about it, obviously as you would be in starting any new endeavor in your life. I’m thinking it will go smoothly.”
McClaflin is no stranger to Fort Benning. He enlisted in the Army in January 1985 and attended Infantry Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training here. He has also completed Airborne School, Ranger School and Jumpmaster School on Fort Benning.
McClaflin and his wife Jackie have two daughters, Lauren age 16 and Lindsey age 12.