New US Army Infantry School CSM welcomed during ceremony
By Jess Dupree, Maneuver Center of Excellence Public Affairs
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Sept. 26, 2017) – The Maneuver Center of Excellence and other members of the Fort Benning community recognized the new U.S. Army Infantry School (USAIS) command sergeant major Friday during a change of responsibility ceremony at McGinnis-Wickam Hall.
Command Sgt. Maj. Martin S. Celestine assumed responsibility from outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. John A. Brady.
“The plans for the upcoming year are to build upon the things that are already in place,” Celestine said. “Basically getting back to the basics, the fundamentals, because at the end of the day, Soldiers are our most precious commodity that we have out there. I want to continue helping to grow our legacy one Soldier at a time.”
Celestine’s combat tours include Operation Able Sentry, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Joint Endeavor. He is a graduate of numerous U.S. Army and Department of Defense schools, including Drill Sergeant School, Ranger School and Airborne School.
Brig. Gen. Christopher T. Donahue, USAIS commandant and the ceremony’s reviewing officer, recognized Celestine’s knowledge and experience as a benefit to the USAIS.
“He is simply the right man for this job,” he said.
Donahue also had positive remarks for Brady.
“Whenever Command Sergeant Major Brady spoke, he listened,” Donahue said. “Your leadership will be missed.”
Brady, who is planning to retire following more than 29 years of service, spoke about his time at the USAIS and recognized its new non-commissioned officer leadership.
“When I tell you our brigade command teams are the best, I really mean that,” he said. “[Celestine], you’re the absolute best NCO to take the infantry to the next level.”
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