The U.S. Army Engineer School held its change of responsibility ceremony this week to to commemorate the tenure of Command Sgt. Maj. Terrence Murphy and welcome Command Sgt. Maj. Butler Kendrick Jr.
At the ceremony on Thursday, Command Sgt. Maj. Terrance Murphy passed the senior enlisted responsibilities to Command Sgt. Maj. Butler Kendrick Jr.
At the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Peter Deluca said that Murphy was "absolutely exactly the right person to do this job."
"He's been a tremendous force for reform and innovation in the Army," Deluca said. "His impact could not be over estimated. He helped shape the Engineer Regiment into what it is today."
Duluca thanked Murphy for his service to engineers and developing so many leaders in the Army and welcomed Kendrick to Fort Leonard Wood.
"We're very excited for Command Sgt. Maj. Kendrick to join this roll," Duluca said. "He had all of the right experiences to address the main challenges that the Army and our regiment faces today."
Murphy thanked the crowd for attending and thanked the Soldiers for representing the Engineer Regiment.
"Everyone wants to be able to leave a legacy behind at the job that they served," Murphy said. "In this position, I count one of the things that I believe as a great things I left behind was forcing of education on our noncommissioned officers. We all need to be able to take care of our lives today and be ready to move on to move on to the next chapter of their lives and education does it."
Murphy said that he is taking his own advice to continue on with his education by pursuing his PHD in October.
Murphy said the only thing he didn't get to see a female Army Engineer become a Sapper, but he believes he will see it soon in the regiment.
Kendrick also thanked the crowd for attending, and commended Murphy for his service.
"I hear you have big boots around here," he said. "Well Sgt. Maj., I'm sorry, I brought my own. I just hope that I can walk into the path of excellence as you have done."
Kendrick is coming to the U. S. Army Engineer School from Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served as the 2nd Brigade Combat Team's command sergeant major. His staff and leadership positions include Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, Drill Sergeant Instructor, Operations Noncommissioned Officer, Assistant Division Engineer Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, First Sergeant, and Battalion Command Sergeant Major. He first joined the Army in 1985 and conducted his basic training and advanced initial training at Fort Leonard Wood.