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Col. Michael Henderson, First Army chief of staff, hands the Div. West colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin King, incoming senior enlsited advisor of First Army – Div. West July 22 on Cameron Field.

First Army – Division West welcomed its new senior enlisted advisor during a change of responsibility ceremony July 22.

Command Sgt. Maj. John McDwyer relinquished responsibility of the Longhorn Division to Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin King during the ceremony on Cameron Field.

Weeks before the ceremony, the Soldiers of the Longhorn Division were preparing to say congratulations to McDwyer on his well-deserved retirement, but as luck might have it, he was offered a job as the new command sergeant major of First Army.  

“Up until Friday, this was going to be a change of responsibility and retirement ceremony, but in usual Army style of things, things change,” McDwyer said.

“We are all very proud of the extraordinary achievements (Command Sgt. Maj. McDwyer) accomplished while serving as the Div. West command sergeant major,” Col. Michael Henderson, First Army chief of staff, who served as the host of the ceremony, said.

Henderson praised McDwyer for his devotion to the unit, saying it is leaders like him that continue to make Div. West the “First in the West.”

“Command Sgt. Maj. King, the Army has chosen the right leader, at the right time, and at the right place to be the next Longhorn 7,” Henderson said.

King is coming from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he served as  the United States Army Field Artillery School senior enlsited advisor, as well as the senior enlisted advisor of field artillery.

“It is truly an honor and a privilege to stand before you today and having been afforded the opportunity to lead in this great organization,” King said.

During his speech, he said he is ready to get to work and help the Longhorn Division continue to train and validate National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve units preparing to deploy in support of global operations.

“To the team, I look forward to serving alongside of you as we continue to train our nation’s Soldiers in order to improve readiness across all our formations,” King said.