“Eagle 7, take charge of the brigade.”
With those words the Army Recruiting Command’s 2nd Recruiting Brigade, headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, began a new chapter Friday, as Command Sgt. Maj. Calvin Hamby relinquished his duties to Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas McEwen in a change of responsibility ceremony at the Community Activity Center. Hamby’s tenure with the brigade marked an era of unprecedented accomplishment, a track record McEwen promised to continue.
“I promise to you that over the next 30 months I will give it my all day in and day out. I know that I am in the fight with each and every one of you, and I will be every day,” McEwen said. “Never give in, never give up and never be satisfied.”
McEwen is a “proven member of the brigade,” according to 2nd Recruiting Brigade Commander Col. Mark Olin, having most recently served with the Columbia, South Carolina Recruiting Battalion. A native of Toledo, Ohio, McEwen enlisted in the Army in September 1995 as a cannon crewmember, and has served in a variety of assignments with the Recruiting Command, in places like Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
“He is ready today to assume the mantle leadership of what has become the most impactful, winningest brigade in the history of the United States Army Recruiting Command,” Olin said.
Olin thanked Hamby for his contributions to the nation and his Soldiers, commending him for his dedication to improvement, respect for his fellow Soldiers, always doing what’s right and his constant focus on accomplishment of the mission. He will continue his career as the G-3 sergeant major for USAREC at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
“During his 31 months we’ve enlisted nearly 60,000 young men and women in just this brigade alone,” Olin said. “That’s 60,000 young Americans who have pushed out the boundaries of freedom and liberty, who have extended the freedom that we love and cherish in our own nation and others have defended, the values that we hold dearly. That’s the impact of a command sergeant major, and so we honor you.”
Hamby thanked his Eagle family for their support throughout his time with the brigade, and offered them some parting advice.
“Continue to lead from the front,” Hamby said. “You are all born leaders. Leaders are not made, leaders are born. You can develop leadership, but true leaders are born, and that’s what everybody in this room is right now, a true leader.”