1-29 holds change of responsibility at National Infantry Museum

Command Sgt. Maj. Roberto H. Alvarez, right, relinquishes responsibility of 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, to Col. John P. Carson, front, commander, Aug. 14, 2017 at the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Georgia. During the change of responsibility ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael D. Sanchez, left, assumed responsibility. (Photos by: Markeith Horace/MCoE PAO Photographer)

FORT BENNING, Ga. (Aug. 15, 2017) – The 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, held a change of responsibility at the National Infantry Museum here Aug. 14.

During the ceremony Command Sgt. Maj. Roberto H. Alvarez relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Michael D. Sanchez.

Lt. Col. John P. Carson, commander of the battalion, hosted the event.

“Everything he does, everything he accomplishes, every award he has ever received has never been about him,” said Carson of Alvarez. “He always puts the Soldiers and the organization first.”

Alvarez emphasized that selflessness, but attributed it to the noncommissioned officers and instructors he worked with in the battalion rather than to himself.

Alvarez talks during the Change of Responsibility ceremony. (Photos by: Markeith Horace/MCoE PAO Photographer)

“It’s been a real honor to serve with a lot of great NCOs and instructors that we’ve had here at different times,” said Alvarez. “We have a lot of people here that are really quiet and professional, and they don’t say what they do, they just do it for the love of their country.”

Carson addressed Alvarez directly during his remarks.

“You have left a remarkable legacy, a legacy of taking care of your brother and sister, a legacy of passion, of commitment to excellence, and grit,” said Carson. “This is your legacy, and it adds upon a historic tradition.”

Before the start of the ceremony, Carson inducted Alvarez into the Order of Saint Maurice for contributing significantly to the U.S. Army Infantry and demonstrating “integrity and moral character and an outstanding degree of professional competence.”

When Alvarez leaves Fort Benning, he will join the First Army Academy at Camp Shelby, Mississippi.

The 1-29th, 316th Cavalry Brigade, conducts instruction on the M1 Abrams tank, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, and Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle, as well as instruction for snipers and for combatives. The battalion also conducts experiments with emerging technologies to provide Soldier assessment and feedback of the systems and their capabilities. Alvarez addressed emerging technologies in his remarks, that the Soldiers of the battalion were “making an impact on the future.”

Sanchez, before arriving at Fort Benning, was a student at the Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas. During a military career that began in 1994, he had also served with the battalion here in the past and looked forward to serving with it again.

“To the Soldiers and NCOs, staff, officers and civilians of the battalion, I look forward to working with you all,” said Sanchez. “I’m no stranger to the battalion – the historic events of the past and the present. I look forward to the future and continuing to strive for excellence.”

Sanchez speaks during the change of responsibility. (Photos by: Markeith Horace/MCoE PAO Photographer)

Of Sanchez, with whom Alvarez had worked at Fort Polk, Louisiana, Alvarez said he was the “right sergeant major with the right attitude,” which echoed Carson’s own remarks on the incoming CSM.

“In the brief time that I’ve known you, I’m extremely impressed with your vision and professionalism,” said Carson during his remarks in an aside to Sanchez. “You’re the right senior noncommissioned officer to take this organization into the future.”

(Photos by: Markeith Horace/MCoE PAO Photographer)

For more on 1st Bn., 29th Inf. Regt., visit www.benning.army.mil/armor/316thCav/129.

For more photos from the event, visit the link here at Fort Benning Photos.


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