Command Sgt. Maj. James Murrin assumed responsibility of the 7th Civil Support Command, 21st Theater Sustainment Command from Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Biere in a change of responsibility ceremony Monday.
Biere handed off the NCO sword to Brig. Gen. Paul Benenati, 7th CSC commanding general, symbolizing his relinquishment of responsibility. Benenati then passed it to Murrin, symbolizing the entrustment of responsibility. The passing of the NCO sword is in keeping with Army tradition to show the command sergeant major may change, but the sword remains razor sharp.
Murrin, who has held many senior enlisted leadership positions in his 35-year Army career, comes to the 7th CSC from his most recent assignment as the senior enlisted leader for the 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support), Forest Park, Ga.
“I am honored and grateful for this opportunity to continue to serve our great Army and to serve and work with each and every one of you,” Murrin said. “I pledge to do my best to accomplish our mission, to take care of our Soldiers and their families and to ensure that good order and discipline is maintained. I plan on building on the solid foundation created by Command Sergeant Major Mike Biere.
“It is a great privilege to serve alongside all of you and I’m proud to be a member of this phenomenal team,” Murrin added.
Benenati recognized Biere for his achievements with the 7th CSC by presenting him with the Legion of Merit during the ceremony.
“(Biere) has left an indelible mark on the Army and the Army Reserve in Europe,” Benenati said. “Command Sergeant Major Biere led the NCOs of the Army Reserve from serving as an administrative headquarters through a transition to being a unique and highly specialized command that’s focused on meeting the foreign consequence management needs of the European nations.”
Biere departs as the 7th CSC completed its transformation from the original 7th Army Reserve Command to the 7th CSC, whose mission is focused on foreign consequence management in the event of a humanitarian crisis in Europe or Africa.
“When I arrived at the 7th Civil Support Command it was pretty new and just at the beginning of its transformation from the 7th Army Reserve Command,” Biere said. “The 7th CSC, with its foreign consequence management mission, is the only one in the Army Reserve and the only one in U.S. Army Europe. The headquarters and many of our units have had the privilege to participate in many exercises and training events in Europe and in Africa during the past three years.”
Biere said building partner capacity is the bread and butter mission of U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers in Europe.
“Our Soldiers do it every day and I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Biere said. “(Also), as a result of the (recent Saber Junction 13) exercise, (European Command) is looking to the 7th to serve as their deployable ‘Joint Task Force Headquarters’ to provide mission command.”
Biere’s next assignment will be in Washington, D.C., as the senior enlisted adviser for the Reserve Forces Policy Board in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.