US Army Infantry School welcomes new senior enlisted leader

Command Sgt. Maj. Wilbert E. Engram Jr., the command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Infantry School, shakes hands with Col. Douglas Vincent, commander of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, before the change of responsibility ceremony Sept. 19 at McGinnis-Wickam Hall. (Photo by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer)

Command Sgt. Maj. Wilbert E. Engram Jr., the command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Infantry School, shakes hands with Col. Douglas Vincent, commander of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, before the change of responsibility ceremony Sept. 19 at McGinnis-Wickam Hall. (Photo by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer)

By Lindsay Marchello, Bayonet & Saber /

The U.S. Army Infantry School held a change of responsibility ceremony Sept. 19 in Derby Auditorium. Command Sgt. Maj. Wilbert Engram relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. John Brady.

Brig. Gen. Peter Jones, the Infantry School commandant, reflected on the accomplishments of Engram.

“Engram has honorably and expertly served not only me but my predecessor,” Jones said. “While supporting us he has helped build the next generation of Infantrymen and that is a daunting task.”

Jones explained that initiatives like Soldier 2020 and gender integration would not have been possible without Engram.

“It is not just about the task, but it is also about the people,” Jones said. “Engram has ensured the right person is the instructor in the right place at the right time with the right credentials.”

“This morning while driving in, I realized that all good things must come to an end,” Engram said. “We, as a combined arms team, have accomplished a lot. ”

Engram explained that what he enjoyed most was the cross talk and collaboration with everyone at Fort Benning, including the civilian workforce.

“What I have learned more than anything is the commitment, talent and expertise of our civilian workforce here at the Maneuver Center of Excellence,” Engram said. “They are truly unsung heroes.”

U.S. Army Infantry School Command Sgt. Maj. Wilbert E. Engram Jr. relinquishes responsibilities as the Infantry School command sergeant major to Command Sgt. Maj. John A. Brady during a ceremony Sept. 19 in Derby Auditorium, McGinnis-Wickam Hall. (Photo by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer)

U.S. Army Infantry School Command Sgt. Maj. Wilbert E. Engram Jr. relinquishes responsibilities as the Infantry School command sergeant major to Command Sgt. Maj. John A. Brady during a ceremony Sept. 19 in Derby Auditorium, McGinnis-Wickam Hall. (Photo by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer)

“I truly hope that I made a difference here at Fort Benning,” Engram said. “Every day I drove in and came in with the attitude to get better every day.”

Engram’s next assignment is at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Jones welcomed the incoming commander, Brady, and his family back to Fort Benning.

“I’m sure as you read his bio that you know not only does he possess the right attributes and skills, but he also possesses the right leadership to help keep the Infantry banks moving, not only now, but into the future,” Jones said.

“I never thought that I’d be standing here,” Brady said. “In 1988, I was in front of Building 4 running in formation with a bunch of drill sergeants, scared to death and not knowing what I was getting into. Now I am standing here and will have an influence on the Infantry.”


To view more photos from the change of responsibility, visit fortbenningphotos.com.

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