Fort Irwin welcomes new Garrison Command Sergeant Major

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Trisha Dennis

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — The Garrison colors were exchanged Jan. 16 during a change of responsibility ceremony at the Sandy Basin Community Center between outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel O’Brien and incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Edwards Jr.

During the ceremony and presentation of the Garrison colors, Col. Seth Krummrich, Fort Irwin Garrison Commander, commended O’Brien on his accomplishments as the Garrison Command Sergeant Major.

“[Command Sgt. Maj. O’Brien is] a partner, a friend and a great leader who had an effect on the Soldiers, community and employees across the installation, with his tireless effort and attitude to make it happen,” said Krummrich. “Your dedication and insight has been valuable to the Garrison.”

Command Sgt. Maj. O’Brien is making Fort Irwin and the National Training Center the last stop in his military career. After retiring from the Army, his future plans include being a professional father while residing in Florida – three miles from where he grew up as a kid – and mastering the game of golf.

Edwards, the incoming Garrison Command Sergeant Major, has experience with the NTC’s high-tempo training environment since he has been at Fort Irwin for the last six months working as the G3 Sergeant Major. Prior to coming to Fort Irwin, his latest assignments included serving as the Battalion Command Sergeant Major for 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), and as the OPS Sergeant Major for 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, OPS 82nd Airborne Division.

Concluding the ceremony, Krummrich said the Garrison command team and all of the Garrison staff are here to serve the Soldiers, families and civilians who continually devote themselves to the important mission at the NTC.